"So, brethren, now let us sing Alleluia, not in the enjoyment of heavenly rest, but to sweeten our toil. Sing as travellers sing along the road: but keep on walking. Solace your toil by singing - do not yield to idleness. Sing but keep on walking. What do I mean by ‘walking’? I mean, press on from good to better. The Apostle says there are some who go from bad to worse. But if you press on, you keep on walking. Go forward then in virtue, in true faith and right conduct. Sing up - and keep on walking." - Augustine
It’s easy to get hung up. We get stuck because of some past hurt or disappointment. Or just the frustrations of a single day make us come to a halt.
Doesn’t the Adversary just love to see us stop? Even turn around?
"Keep on walking", Augustine preached. He was speaking about the toils and temptations we face. Though obstacles and trials weigh us down, keep walking. The journey is difficult and we get weary, but we keep walking.
Sometimes it is just barely putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes it is a very slow walk. But the point is to keep moving forward in that “long obedience in the same direction…that results in the long run” as Nietzsche said. Following Christ doesn’t have to be particularly fast.
Every day a little closer to Christ. Every step a little farther on the journey. Who knows how close we may be to heaven?
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…" Paul, Philippians 3:13
The goal is to keep moving forward in Christ.