Posted by: Chuck Farley | November 8, 2011

Forward Motion – Part I

Prior to my injury last year, one of the major parts of my day was my walks with Tubby (the dog).  He can sometimes be a handful, so after my injury, I could no long keep up with him.  I had to improvise.  Now, I take him to a lonely parking lot, kick him out of the car and he run along side the car. (at the end of the walk, we race).  I mention this because, now that the daily routine is changed Josiah has decided that he also likes to accompany me on these outings.  (none of that is actually relevant, but I already wrote it so it is staying)  During this bonding time, I listen to his music and one of the first songs that really struck my fancy is called Forward Motion by Reliant K.  The theme of the song is that we all struggle with forward motion.  I find that to be an intriguing topic.


In a perfect world, forward motion would be easy once we get started.  Newton’s first law of motion tells that an object in motion will tend to stay in motion with the same velocity unless acted upon by an external force and the second law says it will go in the same direction unless moved by a vector force. (yes I paraphrased, shoot me).   Anyway, forward motion is a natural state and should be easy….enter the external forces.  We live in a world of external forces which continually change our direction, slow us down, or bring us to a screeching halt.  Even if the only force is friction, forward motion can be tough.  If we actually gt stopped…getting moving again requires even more energy and it has to be energy in the correct direction.  Yep…life can be tough.

First let’s figure out which direct is forward.

“12 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-13, The Message)

So at least I know which way forward is?  That’s a start toward obtaining forward motion.  But what about those external forces?



  1. Charles and I were talking about this last night, sort of. Sometimes, God’s plan for us is SO BIG, that if He showed it to us right away, we would get discouraged. Instead, He gives us baby steps, keeps us moving in the direction He wants us to, one step at a time.

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