It was Albert Einstein who stated:

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving

There is a lot of truth to that statement and if we are honest, the majority of our issues in life stem from our lack of movement. Let me explain; so often when trouble comes knocking on our back door, we tend to get locked down in fear or worry, doubt or distress. We stop moving past the issue and stay frozen in a pattern God never intended for us to be in.

In the very beginning of Genesis we encounter a God who is defined by movement – IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Gen 1:1-2)

The thought is simple yet somewhat profound in my opinion (of course it could be the coffee I am drinking that makes me think it is more profound than it is) because we are made in the image of God and if that is true (and I believe it is) then part of who we are is defined by movement. So what do we do when we find ourselves stuck by life’s dilemmas and struggles? How do we get past these challenges that often stop forward momentum? How can we stay upright and balanced in this journey?

The answers may not be rocket science but still provide solutions that I believe can help each of us keep our balance and keep forward progress. Let me lay out 3 ideas for your consideration:

  1. Always remember your life is about direction – it was Paul who said …this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14) – that means he understood his life was about moving forward and never settling for what was behind him that may have tried to stop him.
  2. Never allow the enemy, circumstances, or others to define that direction – so often we let the enemy, circumstances or even other people keep us locked in a pattern of non-movement. People have their opinion of you but what truly matters is what God has said about you. His definition of you is more important than how others see you or may try to limit you by how they describe you or think about you! My life is not defined by someone else’s definition of me, it is defined by GOD!
  3. Keep your eyes on the one who fashioned you, formed you and has a promise for you! – The writer of Hebrews tells us to LOOK to Jesus, the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith. The writer also stated that we should RUN with patience the RACE that is set before us… That simply means we are moving forward because God has a plan for each of us.

I would challenge you to remember these promises and keep stepping in the direction God has for your life. The Word of God reminds us that our steps are ordered of the Lord! They may be ordered but you and I still have to do the stepping – so keep moving forward with faith and trust. Don’t wait, don’t get bogged down, and don’t quit – God has so much for your life!

Darin Sargent