There are three simple steps to climbing a staircase…
- Arrive at the base of the stairs.
- Remembering that climbing up is the goal… starts climbing up.
- Do not look down.
Now, a flight of stairs may not seem like a huge obstacle to most adults but imagine for a moment that you are 2 feet tall. Imagine you are a small child with no real concept of, "It's just a flight of stairs." What do you see? A MOUNTAIN!
I noticed that when my kids started climbing stairs they were extremely timid to climb up. Understandable. But the fact of the matter is that if they do not conquer this task, life will prove to be really interesting for them. There are stairs everywhere!
Now… these steps might seem rather silly, but let's look at them again.
- Arrive at the base of the stairs. (Avoiding the problem will NEVER result in victory.)
- Remembering that climbing up is the goal… up! (If you know where your goal is, it is easier to stay focused.)
- Do not look down. (A slight variation of the second step, but more than a call to stay focused. This is a plea not to retreat.)
Now… maybe we understand Paul's words a little better?
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Remember… press on.