Growing up in my Church I remember singing a lot of hymns, there were many memorable ones, many of them old fashioned classics that I have grown to love. One of my favorites is called, Higher Ground, lately the first verse has been ringing in my head.
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.”
There are several more verses, but the sum of the song is the Christian’s longing for Heaven and continual Sanctification (spiritual growth).
In life we are constantly being hit, battered, and beaten by the various forces in the world. In Rocky Balboa, Rocky says it best.
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
Our character is formed in those moments, it’s what defines us as different from the general mass of people in the world. It takes determination and will to continue moving forward despite the difficulty, the pain, the doubt.
Personally, I have never held any illusions that it will be easy to get accomplish my goals. The higher you strive the more difficult the path becomes. This verse has become a mantra in my life, so that every day I’m pressing on.