Can you cross the next bridge?
It would be nice if we could be set for life, if we could just let things continue as they are and not be bothered with additional decisions.
But life isn’t that way. Instead, life presents an ongoing process. We have to continue to make choices. We have to continue to forge ahead.
In the spiritual world, we are commanded to grow in grace.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.” Amen. II Peter 3:18
As innocent as it sounds, growing in grace is profoundly difficult. If we are growing, we are not staying the same. If we are not staying the same, we are making changes. If we are making changes, we have to grapple with difficult things, fight inertia, and improve intentionally.
In our day-to-day work, we also need to keep moving forward. Many times, assistant managers miss the promotion to manager because they don’t make changes in their attitude or skillset. Because they can’t cross the next bridge, they have to stay where they are.
As people age, they have to resist the temptation to rest on yesterday’s successes. Just because we enjoy a great success back in the day doesn’t always mean a lot right now. The man who was lauded for inventing the rake is sometimes displaced by the man who invented a tractor. As life goes forward, we must keep choosing to move forward if we don’t want to be left behind.
It’s almost as though our Lord delights in motion. When things become static, they die.
I believe we need to take a serious look inside ourselves and ask, “Am I ready to cross the next bridge?” We should ask God to give us the desire and the energy to recognize areas where we need to improve, the energy to keep moving forward, the energy to cross the next bridge.
by Dr. Mike Zachary