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The First Step

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 10.34.30 PMThy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105). Can’t you just see yourself  holding up a lantern and its light falling on your feet? One step at a time. Left, right, and left again. Sometimes the step that God is guiding us to take seems impossible. What? Forgive my wife after all that she has done? Give money to that person? Who knows what they will spend it on. Seriously, God, you want me to change jobs at my age? Sometimes the step is easy and thus seems insignificant: Sure I can bring the neighbors’ kids with me to church or drop off a meal to the lady who just had surgery.

These seemingly easier steps may be accomplishing more than we will ever know. I have a friend whose parents never attended church but allowed her to ride a church bus that picked up kids in her neighborhood. That faithful bus driver who drove week after week forever changed her life and all the people she influences now.

Whether the step “feels” difficult or easy, God is faithful to direct us. You may not know the entire plan, but do you know the next small step to take? He may never tell us step two until we venture out and take step one.

Remember Peter (Matthew 14:25-29)? He saw Jesus walking on the water, and Jesus called Peter out to Him. I’m sure that first step was a doozy. Those “walk on water” kind of steps take faith, especially when our insides are screaming, “What are you doing?! Get back in the comfortable boat!” Our Jesus is saying, Step out. Eyes on Me.

The steps we take aren’t just for us. The first person to set foot on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, declared those famous words, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” The step that God is asking you to take today could be a groundbreaking step for future generations in your family. How exciting to think that our great-grandchildren will benefit from our obedient steps (Exodus 20:6).

If you are like me, your desire is that at the end of your life when you stand before God, He will see a life lived in companionship with Him. A life full of His friendship and your response to that friendship. A life brimming with obedience and adventure from having walked hand in hand with your Creator. Imagine Him looking into your eyes and saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Our admission into heaven isn’t by works. It’s not about obeying enough so we will enter heaven. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have full access to The Father and are allowed to know Him.  Through knowing Him, we want to walk in the steps He has for us. At the end of our grace-filled journey, what will our abundant, obedient, joy-filled life have come from? One obedient step at a time. It reminds me of The Wizard of Oz when they follow the yellow brick road, only our yellow bricks are bricks of light that are illuminated one step at a time by God.

One step. Just one step. It is doable and sometimes seems extremely small. Those small steps add up. Let’s keeping stepping. What is your step today?

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