Max Lucado in his book, Grace for the Moment, describes how one of the early Reformers, Ulrich Zwingli, managed to be a positive influence on some strong-willed leaders during a crucial time in the Church’s history.
Lucado writes, speaking of Zwingli: At one point he found himself at odds with Martin Luther. Zwingli did not know what to do. He found his answer one morning on the side of the Swiss mountain. He watched two goats traversing a narrow path from opposite directions, one ascending, the other descending. At one point the narrow trail prevented them from passing each other. When they saw each other, they backed up and lowered their heads, as though ready to lunge. But then a wonderful thing happened. The ascending goat lay down on the path. The other stepped over his back. The first animal then arose and continued his climb to the top. Zwingli observed that the goat made it higher because he was willing to bend lower.
There’s a lesson there for all of us. There is almost nothing in life worth fighting about. For those few things that are—fight with everything within you to win. For the rest? Let it go; it’s not worth the trouble. Instead, stay focus on where you’re going and do what you’ve got to do to get there.
- The ONE THING for today: Making progress doesn’t mean you have to win all the time.