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Milestones are a fundamental part of life’s journey.

Only last month, I reached a pretty significant milestone. Try as I might, no matter how creatively I tried to camouflage it, that “half-century” sign was a mile marker just too big to be ignored.Pam Watts 006

Ah, well . . . the bigger the milestone . . . the bigger the celebration. We sure had a lot of fun marking that one!

Milestones are also essential to keep us on track and measure progress toward desirable goals such as child development, business success or athletic achievement.

The very word “milestone” originates from stones used in Roman times to mark roads at regular intervals. Milestones measured both the distance behind AND the distance ahead.

Today we know them as “mile markers.” In the primitive days before GPS, mile markers supplied the answer to that perpetual road trip question:

“How much FARTHER?” i64milemarker

But perhaps the most important aspect of milestones is this: they reassure us travelers that we are on the proper path.

Sometimes it’s hard to spot the milestones on our spiritual journey. However, our faith will serve as a marker too big to miss. While we can’t always tell “how much farther,” we are sure to get there if we keep our eyes on the One who waits for us at the finish line:

“We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up. We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (GW)