Updated: Aug 22, 2020
At some point in our lives we all have had a struggle or battled with something and at some point we decided to take the steps to overcome that struggle or battle. Our main focus is usually the big victory the moment where we don't have to deal with whatever has been holding us down any longer. We often times forget that in some cases there can be levels to the big victory and that's where the small victories come to play. Kind of like a video game, you don't beat the game in one level but you get excited for every level that you surpassed. Along the way though you may have failed a couple different levels once or twice before being able to move on. At those moments you probably contemplated quitting right? It takes accomplishing many different levels some more than once to get to the big victory of beating the game in its entirety. The same goes for life.
There are some battles that unfortunately we can't just quit like cold turkey. There are habits that have become embedded into our everyday lives and even then they say it takes 21 days to break a habit. I believe that in order to celebrate the big victory we have to celebrate the small victories that leads up to the big victory. I truly believe that when we acknowledge the level of endurance that we have maintained during the journey it will make celebrating the big victory much more worth it.
You may not get it on the 1st try or the 2nd try or even the 3rd try but celebrate every milestone that you have overcome. Don't focus on the failed attempts or the relapses. They are only there to try to keep you right where you're at. Take the measures that are needed, seek accountability, seek professional help if needed. Do things that you never thought you would do that will contribute to your victory. Don't allow fear or condemnation to keep you down on your journey. Know that there is someone greater who is always rooting for you and is on this journey with you every step of the way.
My prayer today is that we are more gentle and gracious with ourselves. I pray that in the midst of our journey we often remember God's grace and mercy that abides within us. I pray the the accountability partners and community around us will be a safe haven of love, motivation, encouragement, understanding and consistency. I pray that while on this journey instead of focusing on our failed attempts we focus on the milestones, the small victories that will not only prepare and encourage but also lead us to the BIG VICTORY.
-Yours Truly, Eb