No fancy picture here; only truth!! Notice that most of the steps involve the will and that is where most of our problems are!!! We have to deal with our "baggage" and once we have really thought about our goal; the doing almost certainly involves success!!! Paul had to put a lot behind him to follow Christ, but he did and so can we. This passage from the book of Philippians is a great motivator to me and I hope it is to you as well!!!!!
Philippians, Chapter 3
1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; 4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.
7 However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death; 11 if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus.
Its hard at times to think in terms of the big picture, but that is what we really need to do in order to be successful in life. Christianity is no exception; we need to forget the lure of worldly things and accomplishments and the second paragraph our priority. Sometimes the steps to do this may seem hard, but love is the most powerful motivator I know. Try it, you will like it!!!!!!