Footsteps In The Snow

Note from Eric:  Sometimes I get lost in the details of life and need a reminder to keep my eyes on the goal. This poignant short film, written and directed by Russell Pond, is one of those reminders. I pray it helps you keep your eyes on the goal, too.

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The snow-covered mountains were beautiful that morning. It was the first day of our winter vacation, and my son and I were up early. We had lots of fun things planned for the day.

First, we built snow forts. With shovels in hand, we carved out the frozen fortresses that would provide protection for our next activity – a snowball fight.

Back and forth, the melee continued. The onslaught was relentless. Before anyone could get hurt, a truce was made. And then quickly broken.

After the breach of contract, we decided to go hiking.

As we came to a clearing in the trees, I found an opportunity for a new contest: a race. But not a race of speed. Rather, it was a race of accuracy.

The challenge was to walk straight towards the tree, as straight as possible. It didn’t matter who got there first. The winner was the one who had the straightest path in the snow.

We agreed to the rules of engagement, and off we went.

Watching his feet carefully, my son would place one foot directly in front of the other, making sure they were lined up. Keeping his eyes fixed on his feet, he made his way through the snow. He didn’t rush. He focused on every step to make sure it was straight.

When he reached the tree, I was already there waiting for him. Looking back at the two paths, my son noticed that his path weaved back and forth through the snow, while my path was straight. He didn’t understand, so I explained it to him.

To keep your path straight, you cannot watch your steps. You must fix your eyes on the goal and walk straight towards it. If you look down, you lose sight for the goal.

I shared with him the scripture from Hebrews 12 about how we must fix our eyes upon Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith.

If we focus on our steps, ironically, we often stumble. But when we focus on Jesus, our path will be straight and our steps will be secure.

“Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14).

Credits

- Copyright 2005, Russell Pond, Top Pup Media.

- This video is based on one of 100 devotionals in Russell Pond’s book, “Season of Peace Devotional,” available from season.org.

- This video is also available for download or on DVD for those who may want to use it in sermons, for youth groups, on retreats or at other venues where it may help to inspire others. To request a copy, visit: http://toppup.com/

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