“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.”
(Ecclesiastes 5:1 NIV)

Climbing a steep flight of steps may not be something that we look forward to doing. It is not only difficult to start climbing but it is also challenging to continue climbing because the thighs burn from muscular exertion and the lungs breathe vigorously due to lack of endurance. Some may avoid the painful ascent due to laziness or fear of being uncomfortable but each step upward is actually strengthening us for future climbs. At the top of the climb the view changes and we can now see things from a much better perspective. The hardships that we experience are like steps that test and transform us to see things from God’s higher perspective. The Lord can use each difficult step to develop Christlike character and strengthen our faith. Unfortunately, avoiding pain or discomfort is often a greater priority than taking a step closer to the Lord. Avoiding the climb is the same as resisting change. “Blessed are those who endure when they are tested. When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12) Endure the climb and elevate your perspective of Jesus today.