It’s been said that every journey begins with one step. (The actual quote states “a thousand-mile journey,” but that seems a little too intense for me. Who says it has to be that long? Maybe because I am typing this on a Monday morning and don’t need that much pressure.) I love the fact that Joyce Meyer pointed out in her book Never Give Up that everything we do now, at some point we didn’t know how to do. For example: feeding ourselves, walking, reading, typing, etc. Every single thing.
Boy that makes me feel like I am pretty advanced! Yep, you should see the way I brush my teeth. Tooth brushing is like second nature to me, but that wasn’t always the case. Did you ever have the dental assistant visit your elementary school classroom and pass out a small, pink, chewable tablet? You know the one that the entire class chomped on and then smiled at each other to see how well we had brushed that morning? The dye in the tablet would cling to any leftover plaque on our teeth. As we surveyed the classroom, there were lots of pink grins on our eight-year-old peers’ faces, and when we were given a handheld mirror, we realized that our smiles were no longer white.
I know it seems so silly to be proud of our adult tooth brushing, but I want to encourage you today that your biggest obstacle, your biggest “I’m afraid to do this” adventure, will one day become like your no-brainer tooth brushing. And yet for some reason, our human nature makes it extremely uncomfortable to take that first brave step. What is that step for you today? Changing careers? Releasing your children and heading into the empty nest season? Maybe it’s writing a book, changing the boundaries in a long-time relationship, or moving across the country. Whatever it is, I want to encourage you to be “strong and courageous” just like God, through Moses, told Joshua right before he was to take the promised land. (Deuteronomy 31:7-8).
That first step is always the nail-biter. Remember when Peter took that faith step out of the boat and literally walked on water (Matthew 14:25-29)? Wow. You know his sandal-clad foot had to be shaking from nervousness.
Do you wanna do this with me? Wanna make bold moves in obedience to His calling? With our eyes on Him we WILL be strong and courageous, and with each determined, sometimes-shaky step, we will look around and realize that we are walking on water! What adventure awaits us! Let’s do this!