Which Way Will You Go? - A Dose of Encouragement

Today I want to tell you about another picture God once gave me.

Imagine a wide, very wide set of stairs.  

On the left-hand side a narrow section has a set of footprints going up the stairs. 
The rest of the staircase is full of lots of footprints coming down the stairs side by side. 

Can you picture it?  

It definitely appears to be easier to come down those stairs than to go up, because of the wider space and because there is the feeling of lots of others coming down with you.  
You’ll probably get caught in with the crowd and almost helped down in the crush.  

Will there be any help from others to go up though?

Those going up will be few and far between and going slowly because they will have to go against the flow of the crowds descending.  

One thing is certain;

 you have to make the decision to either go up or down on the stairs.

This is how many Christians feel at certain times in their walk in life. 
They have decided to go on this upward journey and they know that they are going against the main stream of people in this world.

Going down would be easier.
So many others in the world ready to encourage and help along the way.
We wouldn't have to consciously keep our mind and body alert, it would be a simple carefree journey down.

The footsteps leading up the stairs are like Christ’s steps, as we follow them we will be following His example and not following the crowd’s steps. 

                    “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example,
                   that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2 v 21.    (RSV)

You may think it will be a lonely journey going up with no person by your side. 
Sometimes it feels like there just isn't room for anyone else to go in that direction beside you.  

Yet there is someone who wants to go up with you. 

The Holy Spirit wants to guide you and help you along.
The Holy Spirit’s power will help you up those stairs even when the natural reaction would be to give in and not endure the loneliness you feel.

So we each have to make the decision for ourselves.


Which way will we go on the stairs?  

Once we do our part in starting the upward climb, God does the leading each step of the way.

“A man's mind plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.”    
                                                          Proverbs 16 v 9.    (RSV) 

Then we should be aiming at all times in the future to be able to tell the Lord that we have not left His way up the steps for the wider descent. 

Also we must be an encouragement to others to continue in the right path.
       So let’s get going in the right direction and persevere on the journey.



  1. This is a fantastic picture! Going up is HARD and often lonely, but if it is where God called us, then it is right.

  2. Found you on Counting My Blessings and your words resonate with my heart and words the Lord spoke to my heart. He said the climb was well worth the arduous effort given to it because self has died and been buried and the one who arrives at the door marked 'holiness unto the Lord' no longer resembles his old image because he is clothed in the image of His glory! (taken from my book 'Beckoned by the King)

  3. Anonymous16:18

    What a great visual! It definitely would be easier to go with the crowd, but it is more rewarding going against.

  4. This is a really good visual lesson! I'm here from Sunday Stillness.

  5. I like the analogy.
    There will certainly be more going down than up.
    We must pray for and seek those that are.

    God Bless You!!

  6. Anonymous11:46

    It's true, we can't stand still in this life. We have to choose which way we will go and who we will follow. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  7. Up the stairs and helping others along the way. Thank you for sharing your inspiring post with us here at “Tell Me a Story."

  8. I really like this post. It is a visual that I can relate to.
    Nicely done.

  9. Thanks for sharing this lovely post at So Much at Home.
    God bless.

  10. I love reading your articles.
    This is a great reminder to persevere. God's call to higher heights is an awesome privilege, but we most definitely need the Holy Spirit's help to climb upward. It's a call to leave behind what the world offers to follow Jesus.