Imagine you are standing in the middle of a cave. Behind you is a pit of bubbling hot lava. In front of you shines a distant light, indicating the exit from the cave. Presumably, even though you are well-provisioned, you’d like to leave the dark cave and go home.
You are permitted to take one step toward this goal each day. Which direction will you step — toward the light of the cave opening, or toward the lava pit? It’s a no-brainer, right? It might take a a month or two, but if you take one step a day toward the light, you’ll certainly meet your goal.
It’s the same way in life. Except we’ve somehow completely muddled up this idea and lost sight of the goal. What we are often doing in life is taking one step forward, one step backward, and so on. Eventually, we may stop and wonder why we have not met our goal.
The only way to meet a goal is to first decide which direction you intend to go, and then take a step every single day in that direction, not looking back. Lot’s wife looked back and was turned to salt. Jesus told us that a “double-minded man is unstable in all that he does.”
Would we get in our car with the intention of driving to Los Angeles, but every now and then turn the car around in the direction of New York? No one in their right mind would waste all that time and gas, but that is what we do in other areas of our lives.
Want to eat healthily and lose weight? Each bite of food that enters our mouth is a step in one direction or the other.
Wish you could make more of a difference in the lives of others? Are you taking steps each day in the direction of sacrifice or of selfishness?
Each day is precious. It all adds up.