Getting There Is All About the Next Step

Gold Brush Stroke

“The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.” —Ted W. Engstrom 

Each torturous stride brought me closer to home. Yet after several nights with little sleep and a fried brain, it was all I could do to push myself through my 30-minute wog (walk/jog).OneWord2013_Persevere150

My body screamed fatigue. My mind reasoned that no one would care if I skipped it today. 

But I knew I needed this. And I knew I could do this. 

All I needed to do was take another step. To persevere through the next curb. To make it over the next hill. 

And I did! I finally dragged myself home, weary but better off for the journey. 

My exhausting wogging experience is not unlike how we need to tackle the many twists and turns of our lives.

perseverance = growth

You Are Not Alone

The need to persevere is universal. It is found in all countries and cultures, without regard to wealth or social status. And it begs to be exercised often. 

Finishing school. Providing food and shelter. Performing at our job–day in and day out. Long nights with sick children. Making a life while battling a chronic illness. Surviving the pain of divorce or the death of a loved one. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Pursuing a calling. 

There are endless opportunities to exercise this attribute. Yet we often find it exceedingly frustrating to implement. In fact, I’ve struggled with this concept to the point I chose it as my 2013 One Word (read about it here)

I even wrote more about my need to persevere in Be Set Free From the Prison of Fear and What To Do When One Jump Isn’t Enough

Growth Occurs in the Process 

The problem is:

We don’t want to persevere; we want to jump right to the end.

We try to accomplish something all at once. Or we try to rise above our suffering before we’re ready. 

But it’s in the process of persevering that growth occurs. With each step, we get stronger. We gain wisdom and understanding. We develop compassion and empathy.

It's in the process of persevering that growth occurs. Share on X

You see, it’s not enough to just reach an end point. The true reward lies in what happens in the heart of the journey.

It's not enough to just reach an end point. The true reward lies in what happens in the heart of the journey. Share on X

Are you finding it difficult to take another step? First, drop to your knees and ask God for His strength. He delights in blessing His children and will see you through. 

Then break your “wog” into smaller chunks. Achieve one small milestone at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have made it home. And the rewards from the journey will be worth every step (even if you don’t immediately recognize it). 

“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Reflections: In what area are you needing to persevere? Have you considered breaking it down into smaller milestones? 

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Linking with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience in 2013 with my Joy Dare list  for Multitude Mondays (#1935–1955, read the entire list by clicking here):

  • Taking a few minutes out of a hectic day to play on the floor w/ my girl; Perfectly timed rain; Brilliant double rainbow
  • Faint sound of guitar strumming drifting in the evening air; Scared by family of raccoons; Being my daughter’s comforter
  • Beautiful voice of a catbird–who knew?; Rock piles=makeshift playgrounds; Brother/sister antics
  • Defying the rain by playing right up until the 1st drops hit; Diagnosis for Joey’s illness-at least we know; Small steps
  • Evening cloud/sun battle=gorgeous display; Sun dappling through the leaves; Understanding & caring son
  • Warm sweatshirt on a cold day; A blunder-forgiving, mess-straightening God; A Zach-smile (not too embarassing I hope)
  • Gentle drone of bees in the garden; God’s color palette; Taking advantage of a cool night for s’mores around a campfire

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  1. Natasha Metzler on July 29, 2013 at 5:30 am

    So good, Julie. “Perseverance” has been my word these past few weeks. Keep moving, keep going, just one more step. Thank you.

    • Julie Sunne on July 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Keep moving, my friend. God’s right there with you!

  2. Jill Beran on July 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Hey Julie, it’s good to stop by your blog again! Persevere is the word I’ll need this week…my husband and oldest left yesterday for a week of fishing in Canada. Believe God will have me pressing on and taking one step at a time as I live the life of a single mom!! Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!!

    • Julie Sunne on July 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Nice to hear from you again, Jill. Praying you find the treasures in your week apart and reap the rewards of doing so at the end. Look for His fingerprints this week.

  3. Jon Stallings on July 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

    “You see, it’s not enough to just reach an end point. The true reward lies in what happens in the heart of the journey.” – You are so right Julie we focus so much on the destination we forget to enjoy the process. The goal is out in the future but I need to relish the next step today.

    • Julie Sunne on July 29, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Jon. I think part of the problem is that on the surface, the details seem to be mundane or even difficult. But we miss out on much by wishing those details away–even the hard ones.

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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