A Long Obedience …

Eugene Peterson — I believe — coined the phrase “a long obedience in the same direction,” which ended up as the title of one of his many terrific books. I was reminded of that when I read this today.

In all of the Christian life, we need to have confidence in the process and we need to maintain confidence in the process. We need to believe that God really does work and that he really does work over time. Too often we overestimate the growth we can gain in a week, but underestimate the growth we can gain in a year.


I needed to hear that on this day, at this time. I’m not sure why. I feel like I’ve been getting my butt kicked in small ways for the past few days, and it was a good reminder to endure until the end.