“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
~T. S. Eliot.
Life is short. We know it in theory but we rarely take the time to rediscover this fact. Every second that ticks by writes something indelible about us in the realm of the eternal—our true destiny. Soon, very soon, we’ll find out. But not just now!
There is nothing we can do about time but travel wilfully upon its buffeting journey.
What we can do, however, is not be held back in our going on in—toward the higher goal; that one that remains just ahead; the one for which we’re called.
The Message paraphrase tells of Paul’s inspiration in this very same way, but with a rider—Jesus:
“I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
If we’re to combine the sentiments proposed by both Paul and T.S. Eliot we can easily perceive a challenge of monumental proportions—depending on ‘where’ we’re at right now.
Yet, we can control only what we can control. But this is enough, for we act in this life.
This is to be our attitude over the things we’ve just accomplished and those directly ahead:
We celebrate, truly, every little and last step on the way to our goals, never taking for granted the faith-held journey and our part in it.
We take the time—in the moment—to cherish within us every little piece of encouraging feedback, every achievement, and especially—with a magnificent irony—every harrowing discouragement as a badge of honour worn, pressing us on, like a springboard, beyond it!
Looking just seconds back on our response-of-resilience, then, we indeed celebrate—for nothing can hold us against achieving the goal we’re called higher for.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.