Whenever I pull out my blog statistics on a week by week or day to day block of time, the graph is almost always all over the place.
Some days appear good, there’s a pleasant upward curve.
But sometimes the good days are followed by a bad one – traffic plummets and the upward curve that indicated increased traffic takes a nosedive.
I don’t like nose-dives, not in life or web traffic.
I like upward lines, I love growth and progress.
But something else happens though when I pull out the same data on a month to month block.
The graph line curves upward!
There’s dips here and there but the general trend us up!
So here’s the thing I remind myself – a close up look at my statistics will not give me the real the picture of where I am standing, in relation to where I have been.
Panning out, stepping back and looking at the big picture (over the months) will.
How to track growth
I thought about it this week as I thought about how we look at our marital growth.
We tend to draw overarching conclusions based on day-to-day living.
We see and feel every little upward spike and get depressed over every downward spiral.
That argument with our spouse.
That promotion at work that came with crazy work hours. The happy engagement and the bad breakup there after.
And we make the mistake of assessing our entire lives based on these daily and weekly “reports”.
But stepping back and looking at things over a longer period of time offers us a completely different and more encouraging picture.
Sure the upward curve might not be straight upward line.
But it’s an upward line nonetheless.
You might have made a poor decision yesterday.
But when you think about the quality of decision you would have made a few years back, given the same set of circumstances, you can see that your graph line is up.
A better way to assess life and growth
It’s important when assessing growth and advancement, to look at things in relation to where we have come from, not just in relation to where we want to go.
Tunnel vision will wipe out even the most progressive of us.
When you remember where you’ve come from you’ll be encouraged and strengthened to keep moving forward.
So take a different perspective today.
In fact take on God’s perspective today.
He sees the end from the beginning. He has great plans for you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Even if you haven’t made any progress on your dreams yet, today is the day that you can choose to start moving forward and upward.
Question – How do you keep track of your growth? Do struggle to balance the short-term and long-term view? Please share your thoughts in Comments.