“Each step prepares you for the next one.” Dr. Hoffman
I recently heard this quote while discussing the big picture in life and how we can get so focused on the big picture, that monumental moment in the future, that we forget about the here and now.
In the past few months, God has given me many pictures and words for what is to come in my life. However, I live in the present reality, I don’t live in a futuristic fantasy. Now my job is to live this present reality in view of the future, mindful of the work I will do each day in order to get there. I still hold onto the hope, but I’m not naive enough to think it will just magically happen with no work on my part.
Proverbs 14:15 says, “The simple believe anything,
but the prudent give thought to their steps.”
If each step prepares me for the next and it is a good thing to give thought to my steps in the view of the vision I have been given, then YES, I will prayerfully consider my ways each day!
Bravery is a journey. You don’t wake up one morning and just decide to be brave (although that would be a good way to start). Bravery starts small, and as you go along the journey, each step of the way will be preparation for the next. Take some time to think about the journey. Reflect and be still for a few moments.
Here are three things to help as your current step prepares you for the next:
- Ask yourself, how is this step preparing me for that bigger picture?
- What in my last step (or the last year) prepared me for right now?
- How can I live right now in view of the bigger picture of a lifetime? Or eternity?
Trust that this step is preparing your for the next, however difficult each step may be. When we take the time to reflect on what has already happened, it gives us that bigger picture view to take with us in the midst of each step.
“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?”
We may not understand it now, but we will someday! Keep going. Be brave, and carry on. (Tweet that).