Pressing On the Upward Way

Matt Wolff

There are words to one of the hymns I have sung throughout my life that go like this: “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day, still praying as I onward bound, Lord plant my feet on higher ground.” That seems to capture an inward desire in my life this time of year. A desire to reflect on all that the Lord is doing in my life and realize that in my spiritual journey, the Lord wants me to continue to press on! It’s in these moments of reflection, that I try to allow the Holy Spirit the opportunity to challenge me in areas where I may have stalled out a bit.

We all have them. Goals we have set for ourselves. Some goals are in the area of eating better, taking care of our bodies through exercise or being more active. Maybe it’s less screen time and more face time with family and friends. And always a point of reflection is our relationship and walk with our Lord. I worry that sometimes my relationship with Christ is one of maintenance rather than renewal. The spark and vitality of our bond with God is replaced with leftovers from a life that is consumed with the demands and agendas that we allowed to dictate our priorities.

Perhaps you are like me and wonder how you strayed so far? Why have I allowed other things to become so important rather than the one thing that should be the highest priority in my life? It’s in these moments that I am so appreciative of God’s grace! Even though my desires have been placed in other areas of my life, God is patient with me and continues to pursue a deeper walk with me, even though I may have drifted.

This reminds me to be prayerful and repentant and to say, “‘Lord plant my feet on higher ground!’ Help me to rise above the muck and mire of life and remember what is important to me. May I take time to be still in your presence that I may understand Your purpose and will for my life.”

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Dave Bender wrote:
Good words, Matt. Very meaningful for 2020.

Fri, January 10, 2020 @ 4:05 PM

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