It is said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Your first step is the most important step. If you want to go places with God, you’ve got to be prepared to take this first step. Now, listen to this…
The story is told of the Spanish explorer, Hernando Cortés, who, after landing on the shores of Mexico, ordered his men to scuttle, or either burn their ships. Whether that story is an urban legend or not, it speaks to our commitment to success. This Spanish conquistador overthrew the Aztec empire (1519–21) and won Mexico for the crown of Spain.
Just as Cortez used ships to convey his soldiers, bridges are also vessels and symbols of communication, connection, and progress. They are of absolute importance in our lives. Without them, progress would be hampered, and life would be difficult.
What’s a bridge?
Anything can be a bridge. A bridge may be a person or a thing. Be it your spouse, your money, or even your job. Relationships serve as bridges. They help us get to where we want to be. That husband or wife (your spouse) helps you to be successful (at least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be). And I know that some of you, who once had bad relationships in the past may say, “He was no bridge, he was more like a wall. He prevented me from being what I wanted to be. That’s why I left him.” Well, good for you! Now that you are free, I hope that you allow God to turn you into a ‘success story.’ But, back to my point.
Your health, your financial problems, your pain, and struggles, and difficulties are all bridges – not walls if you can only see them that way. Someone once said, “When life throws a lemon at you, take it, and make lemonade.”
The job that you currently have may or may not serve you well. But it’s a job, anyway! Is that your destiny? Who knows why you are there, and what purpose it is serving you. Don’t settle! Seek to do and be better. Your ultimate goal is to be successful and to become the best version of yourself. Learn from your experiences.
Bridges can be good and bad
You have gotten to this juncture in your life by crossing bridges, so to speak. Situations and circumstances, people, and things have all helped to shape you. Also, friends who encouraged you, and enemies who doubted and even opposed you, have made you who you are. They, essentially, are all bridges. But those bridges that brought you to this point in your career must never be allowed to take you back. While bridges are very important in our lives, they can become detrimental to our ultimate goal and success.
The Bible tells us the story of a young man who went to Jesus to ask for some advice on how he can secure the best future for himself. The advice Jesus gave to him was wise, and at the same time stunning. You can read all about this incident and interaction in the book of Matthew 19:16-22. Essentially, what Jesus told him was’, “Go, Burn Your Bridges.”
See, my friends, the problem is, human beings are creatures of habit. Whenever we face difficult challenges, we often fall back to what we know. Thus, the bridges that take us to places of progress and our greatest success, often become the same bridges that lead us back to the places of defeat. It is for this reason that we need to burn our bridges.
Burning bridges is a necessity
Burning bridges is actually a warfare term. It literally means to cut off the way back from whence you came, thus making it impossible to retreat. When we burn bridges in our lives it may also include ending a friendship with old acquaintances alike. Now, you may say, “What are you talking about? End a friendship? That’s one crazy idea!” But hear me out. If those friendships and relationships you currently have do not enhance your spiritual life, those bridges you must burn. Doing so will help to trim the trees around you, and provide the impetus for a laser focus on your goals and calling in life. After all, you are the one who needs to grow spiritually.
Jesus said, in Matthew 5:30: “… if your right-hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. (For) it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.“
There is a true saying that goes like this, “Show me your company, and I’ll show you who you are.” I came to learn very early in my spiritual walk with God, that whom you spend time with is who you become. You must admire and embrace people who will enhance your goals and help you to develop your values in life. Shun those people and things that will suppress and stop your growth.
No retreat, no surrender!
If you really want to be victorious, you have to say to yourself, “There is no way back.” Remind yourself that you have made your decision to walk with Christ, and you will make it to the very end. We must recognize, that in Christ, there is a goal and a destiny to achieve. There is a real reason to compete and complete this spiritual journey.
Therefore, to grow spiritually, you must remove every option for failure. Furthermore, cut ties with anything and anyone who stands between you and your victory. You need to adopt a “No retreat, no surrender” mentality, and “Burn your bridges!”