A while back my friend Paul said, “Let’s go for a walk.” He told me we were going to go see a really amazing lake. As we started out, I noticed that a lot of the trail was on the incline.
At the 30-minute mark, I said, “I’m getting pretty tired here Paul. Maybe we should head back.”
“No,” he said. “It’s just a little further.”
When we had been walking for an hour and 20 minutes, I said, “How much further is it?”
“It’s just right up here,” he said. “We’re almost there.”
Then I saw someone coming from the opposite direction. “Excuse me,” I said, “is there a lake up there?”
“Oh, yeah. Way up there!”
Paul said, “Greg, come on! You’re going to love this lake.”
We finally made it to the lake. Then we started back, and by the time we were done, the entire round trip was six miles. Now, that’s not a lot for some people, but for me it was a long walk.
Today, we all need a guy like Paul in our lives. We need someone who pushes us forward when we get discouraged. When we think we’re worn out and can’t go another step, it’s good to have a Christian friend who says, “You can go further. You can do more. Let me help you. Let me encourage you.”
I hope you have someone like that in your life because sometimes we find ourselves going the wrong direction fast. And by the way, I hope you’re that person in someone else’s life too.
The reality is that if you’re not moving forward in your relationship with Christ, then you’re naturally going backward. You’re going one way or the other because there’s no standing still. The Christian life is one of constant growth.
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