Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps. Saul Bellow
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Chinese Proverb
If we have nowhere to go, there are no steps to take to get there. We are already there. Randall Burkhalter
To physically get from point A to point B, we use our feet and take steps, one by one, until we get there. This process has been around for thousands of years. The cavemen used it and we continue using it today. It is our basic way of “getting there.” The first step is so “critical”, taking us past good intentions and overcoming inertia or procrastination. We cannot begin until this step gets taken. The Chinese proverb says a trip of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Getting started is considered “half the battle”. Once we start, the trip has begun. The “wheels of motion” are underway. If we stay focused, and keep “trucking”, eventually we arrive at our destination. It is amazing how it works.
We can think or imagine in our minds the things we want to do or accomplish. The more complex it is the more we must analyze the steps and stages required to progress from our first initial thoughts until we can declare our task is successfully finished. Depending upon the difficulty it may require a few individual acts or it may take a lifetime of individual acts and many steps. A good image is climbing a staircase. It may only require a few steps to get to the top or it may require many steps to get to the level we desire. We may even have to stop and rest as we continue to climb.
If we have nowhere to go, we are not likely to take any steps forward. We are already there. If we have no goals, ambition or desires, where we are is okay. If we do not know where it is we want to go, we have no motivation or desire to make any effort to move forward. We are where we are and will likely stand still and collect dust.
We should have things we want to do or accomplish. It is healthy and good to want to grow and become more than we are. We have creative processes within that work like heat seeking missiles. Once, a target or a destination is established, instinctively, we analyze how to get from point A to point B. Without a task to accomplish, our creative energy stays bottled up. We must push the button to fire the missile or take the first step to begin a journey.
Challenge: What are you doing to move your life forward? If you are satisfied, you are not motivated to do anything any different. If you have goals and desires for something more, then you must take the necessary steps to get there. What are the steps in your plan? Have you taken the first step? Sometimes you make take two steps forward and one step backward. That is okay; as long as you continue. You will get there.
Wisdom: Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently. William A Ward
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. Isaiah 2:3
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt.6:33
Throughout the teachings of the Bible, there are no indications that our lives should be stagnant and idle. There are many examples having to do with “seeds”, “stewards”, “vines bearing fruit”, and others. Our lives should be used to accomplish things: loving and helping others, practicing the Golden Rule, performing the Great Commission, all while letting God help us to succeed. We must take these steps to have more meaningful life.
Prayer: Help me and guide me to stay on the path and go in the direction you would have me go.