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One Step at a Time

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  Romans 13:11 NIV

one step at a timeI did it. One step at a time.

Although I once was an avid runner, I had abandoned running many years ago. Fear and excuses prevented me from lacing up my sneakers despite my desire to run again.

I’m too tired. Running just seems too hard. I’m too busy. I’ll start tomorrow. I’m too out of shape. What will people think of me if they see me struggling? It’s too embarrassing!

Eventually, growing tired of my excuses, I concluded I had to start where I was to get back into the athletic condition I desired. That day, I ran. Although I didn’t run far, fast, or long, I ran. A few days later, I ran again. And again. And again.

Slowly but surely, I noticed growing strength and endurance in my body. I am still far from being in great running shape, but I know I am headed in the right direction. It reminded me that change of all kinds happens one step at a time.

If it’s reading our Bible, we can start with just three minutes a day. Perhaps we want to become a more grateful person? We can end our day by verbalizing three things we’re thankful for. Maybe we want to be a more loving person? We can look for one opportunity to compliment, encourage, or bless someone else every single day.

Paul says the hour has come for us to wake from our slumber. The time to move forward is now.

What is one area of your life you’ve been longing to change? Take that first step today. God will meet you where you’re at and help bring you where you’re called.

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Emily Marszalek

Emily Marszalek enjoys the simple pleasures in life with her best friend, Nick, and their two Goldendoodles, Charlie and Lucy, in the Pacific Northwest. Her writings have appeared in publications including Angels on Earth, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your Dreams, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Blessings of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kindness Matters, CBN.com, The Lutheran Digest, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Daily Inspired Life, and Insight