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Taking the First Step


Hello everyone,

I am thankful to have the opportunity to write to everyone again, but I have to be honest, it was hard to choose just one topic this week. With the death of Robin Williams, the fear of the spread of Ebola, war/violence, and my sons first day of kindergarten today (I know right…not as big as the others), I struggled to pick just one. Simply put, my thoughts have been all over the place. I knew that if I did not simply take a leap towards one topic, I would never get this written. Isn’t this the truth about so much in our lives? We have to be willing to take the first step on any of the many journeys in our lives and oftentimes it is the hardest step to take.

In third grade I was taught a word that would later define my life: procrastination. Oh…you know that word as well?! To procrastinate is to put off doing something. My teacher would define it as postponing until later what you know should be done now. Not doing a book report till the night before it is due, waiting to write a sermon until a few hours before church starts, and so on. Let’s be honest, sometimes there are things we really just don’t want to do. We wait till the last minute or let other things get in the way so we can keep postponing what we know we should have done earlier.

Life happens and chances are if you are looking for an excuse to [fill in the blank], you will always find one. It always seemed like the entire house needed cleaning when it was time to write my papers. We have to be willing to take the first step and have faith that the other foot will follow. Did you hear that? We need to have some faith! I have to instill faith in myself so I can accomplish a task. I have to be willing to risk possible failure even knowing that more times than not, failure is not the result.

Just like my son taking his first step onto the bus today, we must be willing to step out in faith in our words, our actions, and in all of our daily choices. It is not always easy or favorable to be a disciple of Christ but it is worth every effort. So what is keeping you from taking the first step? Take a leap of faith and take the first step to following Jesus more deeply.

As always, thank you for taking time to read my blog and have a blessed rest of your day. Billy<><

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