Have you noticed the good things in life rarely come instantly?
There have been so many times over the last two weeks that I wished this Bell’s Palsy would be gone instantly. But much to my chagrin, it has not.
But today is a day of progress. Of turning the corner and appreciating that even a little movement on that side of my face means it is getting better.
So many times we want things to change instantly. It’s the world we live in. Instant coffee. Instant drive-thru. Instant messages. Instagram. Everything in an instant.
And yet most of life’s accomplishments do not just get dropped at our doorstep for instant success.
That college degree you worked so hard for may have taken years. That marriage you keep holding together with prayer and obedience could be decades. Those meals you make tirelessly for your family day in and day out take up hours of your day . Those children that you brought into this world took 9 whole months and hours of labor before they were ready to join the family.
The good things are rarely instant. But that does not mean it’s not worthwhile to keep going.
Sometimes it is those tiny steps we are taking that keep moving us forward, giving us momentum towards the better things.
That extra class you take at night to keep plugging along at that degree is progress.
The way your spouse smiled at you during dinner is progress.
Your family gathered around the table to share a meal once this week or even once this month is progress.
Adding another $10 to the savings account or your sock drawer for a rainy day is progress.
Taking a 30-minute walk or skipping dessert is progress.
Choosing NOT to yell at your trying child is progress.
Holding your tongue before you say those cutting words to your spouse is progress.
It’s all progress. And I think progress deserves a little more applause in our lives.
Often we want to wait for the big finale or the finished product to give ourselves recognition.
Instead, how about just accepting where we are at today; and that if we keep taking steps in the right direction then they will add up to substantial changes in our lives.
Today I can almost close my right eye and even move some muscles on the right side of my face. And while it is still awkward and my smile is a bit lopsided, I know it means progress. And that, my friends, is worth applauding!
Keep moving. Keep taking steps. And applaud the progress!