|photo courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo|
TODAY THE WORDS are ‘THE FIRST STEP IS THE HARDEST.” As most of us who are parents have had the experience of our children’s first step. Sometimes, even in one of life’s greatest pride moments, their first step can be quite humorous with wobbling, wide eyes, and arms flailing to the sides or in front of them. We ooh and awe but it must be very scary and exciting at the same time for the child. I have never heard anyone say they remember their first step and this may be a good thing for them to forget. Think back now, without the personal involvement and you will probably smile at the thought. We go through many first steps in our lifetime. In dance, we learn many steps and usually the first dance steps are somewhat awkward and even though most of us learn “the moves” some people don’t ever seem to get their groove on (flashback to our sixties and seventies, dear classmates and friends of mine). We take a different kind of “first” step when we apply for our first job and it is difficult to step with confidence without experience. It is a charitable action for a lot of employers who give us our first positions in life. When we marry, what a huge first step of marriage and speaking from multiple marriages; it doesn’t get easier to take that step. For some, the marriage track runs smoother than others. Others stumble and fall and have to start over. It would be great if we could learn how to step correctly in a marriage or even life itself without falling or stumbling. When we have children, we take a huge step, as we now have the responsibility of teaching and encouraging a little precious being how to step in this difficult world. Huge, huge, steps for them and us to have to take. Life is a long walk with hills and valleys, straight roads and roads with dangerous curves, bumps and dangers and we all have to walk it. Now for the deeper thought….It would seem nice to say, Life is so easy; no problems; no fears; no mistakes; no sickness and no worries. There is another step, another huge first step and this first step will make all of the ones I have written go smoother, happier, and less stressful. No, I didn’t say worry free or you would not have losses or hurts. What I am talking about is the first step in realizing “You never have to walk alone”. Once we know God already is walking beside us and we acknowledge His presence. When we know He will hold our hands when the path makes our steps difficult and He will applaud our efforts when we make it up the hill by giving our best effort and giving Him the praise for helping us; wow can we not only walk; we can run with God. One of my dear friends, Michael Park, writes a blog and it is entitled, “Why walk when you can Fly with God” and that is the best step we can take.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess
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