Don Finto, a much revered man of God in my community, was once asked how he was able to sustain his walk with God decade after decade and not fall away. His response was simple, yet truly profound:
“I keep my gaze fixed on Jesus and take one step at a time.”
 
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? -Matt.14:25-31
Peter responded to his Savior’s call and did just fine as he kept his eyes on the LORD and moved forward, step by step.
When his focused changed–the scriptures read that “he saw the wind” and the white-capped waves;
his natural man’s experiences and the circumstances of the moment told him that what he was doing was impossible. Immediately he sank (fell away) from walking with Jesus, until the Master came to his rescue and took hold of him.
Yeshua’s very first words to Peter were,”You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When Yeshua beckons us to come to Him, beloved, we can step forward with assurance and the faith of a child, our gazes fixed on Him. He promises never to leave or forsake us as we sojourn with intentionality and perseverance.
Step by step, moment by moment, day after day as the years go by, we run, our eyes constantly on Him  as we weather tribulations and trials until we finally hear the words, “Welcome home.”