On this beautiful and sunny summer day, let us break camp and head out on our trail to explore more lessons that we can learn from life’s trek. Life is filled with both wonderful and challenging expeditions. The key is to choose to enjoy your journey and learn as much as possible from each experience.
“Life is filled with both wonderful and challenging expeditions.”
Here is a list of 10 life lessons you’ll learn that make your journey worthwhile.
- You can’t just give up in the middle. Once you set out on life’s trek, you can’t turn back halfway to your destination. Some days our trails will be easy. Others will be very challenging. Always keep your eye on the destination. Only God determines when our Trek is over. Until then, we need to keep moving forward.
- Take one step at a time. All we know for sure is that we can take one more step, and we must take them one at a time. Focus on the next step while keeping your eternal destination in mind. The trail you’re climbing may be steep and slick, but millions of others have climbed through life successfully, and so will you. Ignore the magnitude of the overall trek of life. Take it one step at a time, and keep moving forward
- There will always be a voice in your head that says “can’t.” Accept the fact that you will have fears and doubts. You are human. Stuff all of your “can’ts” into “cans,” and banish them to a corner of your brain. Tell the “can’ts” to shut up, and keep moving forward.
- You are stuck with your own baggage, and it is up to you how heavy it is. No one else will hold your pack for you on your journey. Let go of the things that weigh you down, because the longer you go, the heavier that pack will feel upon your shoulders. As Hebrews 12:1 reminds, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
- Arrogance will come back to haunt you. Whether it’s thinking you’re better than those around you on life’s trek or shutting out other valid opinions, your ego will have a direct effect on your success. Be kind to your fellow trekkers. It’ll take you a long way, and keep moving forward.
- A positive attitude will see you through. No matter how confident a fellow hiker may appear, everyone with you is just as nervous/frustrated/stressed as you are. Make the journey better for everyone with a little optimism and encouragement. Help others to keep moving forward.
- You are only as strong as your weakest link. You won’t make it up that mountain and to your destination alone. If you don’t work together, you won’t successfully reach the summit. Treat the people around you as part of your team or, even better, your family. If they trip and fall, help them up, you will need the same from them, and keep moving forward.
- You’ll be a burden to others if you’re not prepared. Prepare yourself for life’s trek. Take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you’re on the trail without enough water or resources, you put everyone else in danger by drinking theirs. Be prepared, and keep moving forward.
- Learn from the times of suffering, and it will build your character immensely. As long as you learn from life’s lessons and allow them to improve you, the times of suffering will have meaning and purpose. We grow most in times of adversity when our trails are the roughest. Keep moving forward.
- The view at the end is beautiful, but in reality, so is the entire journey. Enjoy every step you take because the scenery along the way is just as beautiful, in its own way, as the view from the top. Until God takes you to the ultimate summit with him, keep moving forward, enjoy your journey, and create a great day every day.
As the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Philippi Chapter 3 verses 13-14, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
And As Dr. Seuss said, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”