Now that I have your attention, let's kick this bloggaroonie into action!
My companion and I have been ranting and raving about this topic for a while now: Progression. "A movement or development toward a destination or a more advanced state, esp. gradually or in stages." So it's moving forward. Going from one stage to a harder more advanced level. Each of you think back to your Super Mario days (yes, for some that was only a second ago (good for you)). What would it be like if at the end of the stage, there was no flag.
I can hear the answers now, "What?!?! No flag?!?! How could that possibly be?!?!" There you would stand; stuck in a world you have already mastered. Sure you could jump around, maybe jump on a goomba or two that you missed, but that's it. No underground, underwater, or castle levels. Not to mention that in future Mario Bros. games you'd never experience Yoshi! <GASP> I know I know, it's all seemingly unimaginable. But, is it really?
Let's take a look at our own lives. We go through life and what do we hope to accomplish? Do we have a vision? Like in Mario, the big "vision" is conquering the game. Beating every level and foe that stands in your way. Our vision should be to live with God again one day, ergo we set goals to achieve it. So, are there any "flag poles" in our lives (aka, goals)? Once we have these goals, it's time to do everything we can to achieve them. Give it our all to reach those "flag poles".
Word of caution, it's not going to be easy. Hopefully we have all realized this by now. The comforting thing is, that as we rely on the Lord and stay close to Him, it's easier. Still not easy, but He gives us a LOT of help. He gives us the little helps we need such as the Prophet, scriptures, friends, family, prayer, and so much more (like the fire flower, super mushroom, starman, and 1-up mushroom).
For those that don't have a vision, get one. For those that have goals but aren't doing anything to reach them, get on it! There's no time like the present! Consider this blog a push forward. As we speak I am setting goals and making plans to achieve the vision I have for myself. I've got the flag poles in my sight and have that vision of defeating Bowser, do you?