I love those moments with your kids where you just get to hang out with them – no agenda, no plans. I was sitting on the couch with my three year old the other day watching one of his favorite movies. He was about as peaceful as he could be. I could have sat there with him all day.
But, before long, he jumped up to go do something else. He’s three. He’s on the go. He has things to do. And I’m told it won’t be long before I’m waving him goodbye when he leaves our home for good. I’m told time with your kids goes really fast. And so far, that’s true.
Because it seems like just yesterday he was born. Just yesterday, he was learning to raise up his head, or sit up, or crawl, or walk. Now he sprints through the house showing off “how fast his shoes are.” And tomorrow and the next day he’ll learn something else new.
Life is like that – you crawl before you walk, you walk before you run. (Then, if you’re like me, you stop running because you’ve learned to feed yourself and you do too much of that.) You learn letters, then words, then sentences, then paragraphs, then books, then the entire world opens up to you. You start at the beginning with your job, your marriage, with having your own kids, and you learn and grow.
God made us to grow. Look in the book of Genesis. God spent time making the world. There was a first, a second, a third. There was sequence. There was progress. First light, later dry land, afterwards plants which need light and land.
Our journey into transformation through Christ is a growth process. You crawl before you walk. You walk before you run. You learn and grow. And you fall down. Then you get up. And you do it all again. So I encourage you, wherever you are in your journey with Jesus, or toward Jesus, slow down and enjoy the journey. No need to sprint. No need to stay down if you fell down. God’s grace finds us at the points of our weakness and helps us most at that point. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Phil 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (ESV)