Progress Takes Time

Progress Takes Time by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Have you ever looked at your clutter filled surroundings and realized the disarray you saw with your eyes mirrored how you felt inside?

Can you feel peaceful when your environment is full of chaos?

I call myself a “collector of information.” If I see a book, article, clipping, recipe or even a receipt that I may need in the future, I save it. Usually, saving it means I add it to a stack on my desk.

At some point, I intend to create the perfect organizational system. Until then, on the stack it goes!

My collection of goodies has a tendency to grow until it becomes an unmanageable mess.

As the clutter grows around me, so does my uneasiness.

When I cannot handle the mess any longer, I take some time to sort through and file items away appropriately. At times, the mess gets worse before it gets better.

On one occasion, I spent several hours sorting through stack after stack of items I had saved and not filed away. As I worked to clear the clutter, I did not feel as if I had made any progress.

Have you ever equated how you feel physically with your spiritual walk?

That day, I could not see how I had progressed physically or in my spiritual walk either. Once discouragement descended on me, the tears began to flow.

I’m thankful that my husband happened to stop by my office to ask me a question. He reminded me of how much progress he had seen me make over the prior year. Even though I could not see it myself, he did.

In the midst of a journey, progress is difficult to see. It’s all a process. When the work is finished, you can look back at all you learned and how much you grew.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT says, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Transformation is a process that takes time.

Can you fix your eyes on the prize that lies ahead?


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