It seems like my friends and acquaintances are all making progress in their lives. They are moving forward to bigger and better things.
And, then there’s me. It seems as if I’m not making any progress. I can’t help but wonder, “When is my time going to come?” It can be very disheartening.
Of course, social media doesn’t help. It’s like a dagger to an already open wound. Even though I know that people only post the highlights of their lives. Rarely, if ever have I seen someone posting about the issues they are having. Knowing this doesn’t always make me feel better.
I start to think, “Gosh, I don’t even have any highlights to post!” Not that I would post anything anyway. But just the thought of not having anything to share gets me a little down.
What do you do when it seems like your life is on a walking escalator where everyone else is passing you by and all you can do is wave as they go along?
Here is something the Holy Spirit shared with me which is key: What I’m trying to accomplish is far greater than what my friends and acquaintances have accomplished or are trying to accomplish. When your goals are lofty it takes longer to see them become reality. My goals are not just for my current present. But they are for my future as well. I’m trying to build a better life where I can leave a legacy. That doesn’t happen overnight.
I’m not where I want to be, but I’m definitely not where I used to be. Meaning that I have made progress. No doubt it’s been slow progress. But it’s progress nonetheless and it shouldn’t be discounted!
So, I have to encourage myself with what God says: Don’t get weary in well doing because at the right time I will see the fruit of my labor if I don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). I’m right where I should be because all things are working together for good because I love God and have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
So, what do you do when it seems that you’re not progressing?
- Learn to encourage yourself. Don’t allow negativity to overtake you. Get it in check before it starts to allow words that don’t align with your promise to come out of your mouth for life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Even when it “seems” like the promise is not going to come, speak life to it anyway.
- Keep doing what you’ve been doing. Some days you will make small strides. Some days you will make large strides. But keep making strides. Keep looking forward to the day when the promise comes. The promises that God has put in your heart will come to pass. Wait for it. It shall surely come to pass (Habakkuk 2:3).
Slow Progression or Fast Progression – Just Keep Progressing and Be Blessed