"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV)
I love that: "press on"--it's like saying, keep persevering, keep going, keep moving, don't stop, look to the future; not behind. We need not to look to the former things, but to keep our eyes firmly on the prize in front of us which in "heavenward in Christ Jesus."
A journey like the one we are on as Christians, as we walk with God takes a lot more than if you looked at it as running after a prize. A runner can't keep running without stopping to rest at times, drinking water, eating. Our fuel is food, but it's also more that. We equip ourselves with the Word of God, our life manual. We pray, we fellowship with other believers on a weekly basis to build each other up and support one another. We study the Bible through Bible study groups. We grow in wisdom and love and so many other good characteristics that the baby Christian within us grows into a seasoned adult Christian. We are like vessels to be filled up by doing all these things and poured out to unbelievers to draw them into the kingdom of God with us.
Yes, the road gets rocky and sometimes the path looks like it's been trampled away and maybe hard to see. Or maybe it looks like there's a fork in the road in your life and you have to choose which path to take. Some paths have those thorny bushes that like to hit you in the face while other paths look like they have pretty flowers growing along the way. Don't compare your path with someone else's path. They are separate journeys, but to the same place. But they will be different. So don't look to the left or the right, keep your eyes on the prize and you will not falter on your journey. And don't forget, you can always ask your fellow journeyman for help.