Where do you want to go? Do you want to change something? What do you want to be, know or do?
Wherever it is that you want to move, it must start with the next step in the right direction. You may choose to stand still or even take steps in retreat if you don’t feel ready. Those moves won’t get you where you want to be but they may be necessary in the process. Reaching your destination begins with desire, you have to want it. Then next it requires a plan, to chart a path forward. Once the plan is there, it just takes that next step. Will it be in the right direction?
What if you are being pressed to do something hard? Let’s say you need to make lifestyle changes for your health or you need to break bad habits preventing you from being your best. Start by asking God for help. Don’t worry, God wants you to ask. When we admit we cannot do it alone, we are humble and through our weakness, we can be given strength. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, taking care of it is important. It may be tough looking at a long road ahead but is it too tough to just take the next step, make the next choice, your next movement? If you have habits hurting you or others in your life, try to change them one moment and one thought at a time. You are the child of God, He will recognize and support your efforts to become the best version of yourself. We all slip and stumble, but focus on that one more step leading you in the right way. After one step, the next may be a bit easier.
What if you have a big dream? It is exciting and fun to think about. That is not to say taking steps toward your dreams is easy. Turning grand ideas into reality requires choices and it may involve risk as you step out of your comfort zone and into a place of uncertainty and unknowns. It often takes hard work to make dreams come true. First and foremost, place the desire in front of God. Open your heart to hear whether He is giving you peace and energy to make this happen. Listen for guidance on timing. Sometimes we have the right vision but it may not be for right now, perhaps God is saying “yes, but later”. It can get frustrating to work toward a dream that God doesn’t feel you are ready for. Maybe there are other goals to reach before pursuing the big one. What will be your next step? It could be a small one, that’s okay. Keep your eyes and spirit tuned to the doors that God might be opening for you and the people God may be lining up to help you. With each step forward, you can build confidence that you are on the right path or you might find you need to revise your route. Keep stepping out, building momentum so that your dream will get ever closer. One day you’ll step into that dream and be amazed and thankful for how God led you into it.
Now I need to take my own advice. There are things I want to change, be, know and do. I’ll present them to God for His help, blessing and guidance. I’ll create a plan. Then I need to take that next step in the right direction. Here we go, not looking at the mountain, but just putting one foot in front of the other.