Remember Aesop’s fable about the race of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise didn’t seem to stand a chance in a head to head competition against the speedy rabbit. Even so, the slow and steady turtle won the race.
The past several weeks, Tammy and I have been working in our yard – trying to overcome years of deferred maintenance by the previous owners. Our work styles remind me of the tortoise and the hare. Tammy is slow and steady – doing a little at a time, but not really stopping. I, on the other hand, work at a furious pace and then have to rest until I can catch my breath.
We don’t all work the same way. We don’t all think the same way. Some of us are tortoises, some hares. What’s critical, however, is that we continue to make progress – regardless of the speed. This is certainly true of yard work. But it’s also true of our spiritual lives. What’s important isn’t so much how we go about growing in faith and maturity – just that we do it.
Have you been deferring maintenance in your spiritual life? Perhaps now is the time to do something about that.