Poco a poco

I learned a lot of good life lessons from my parents.  Probably one of the greatest lessons they taught me is caught in their often stated phrase:  “Poco a poco una se va lejos”.  Growing up with bilingual parents sometimes the teachings came in their second language (second language not so much for monolingual me).

“Poco a poco una se va lejos” is Spanish for, “little by little one goes far”.

Often our greatest achievements in life aren’t realized overnight.  They come little by little.  So, what is needed on our part is what Eugene Peterson termed:  “A long obedience in the same direction.”

Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  That’s wisdom from a man who failed 10,000 times in his effort to invent the light bulb.  Thank God he wasn’t a quitter.  So, long term success if often missed not because we don’t truly desire success, but because most of us aren’t enamored with the monotonous daily work that is needed to succeed.

Mark Batterson says in his book, “A Trip around the Sun”:  “We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a year or two, but we underestimate what God can accomplish in a decade or two.  The key?  Keep doing the right thing day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out.  Temporary setbacks are just that – temporary.  Zoom out.  Look at the big picture.  If your dream is from God, it’ll probably take longer and be harder than anything you imagine.  But that simply means it’s a God-sized goal.  I want to go after dreams that are destined to fail without divine intervention.”

So……young men, young women, don’t settle when searching for your God given partner in life.  He or she will be worth the wait.  Don’t lower your standards.

So……Christian brother & sister, don’t get discouraged when your performance is far from flawless, and it seems that Christlikeness is not your future.  You’re still under construction & God isn’t finished with you yet.  Keep in mind, when you first learned how to walk you also fell down.

The Apostle Paul reminds us not to become weary in doing good; for at the “proper time” we will reap a harvest….if we do not give up! (Galatians 6:9). The “proper time” must be in God’s time, ‘cause it’s rarely in our time.

May God give us a holy stick-to-it-tiveness (I know that’s neither English nor Spanish).   Don’t give up.  Poco a poco una se va lejos!

Dios le bendiga en su viaje.