The Wisdom of Taking One Small Step

Change is hard. But if you start small today, the rewards down the road can be big.

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Posted in , Jan 9, 2017

Small steps, big changes

Now’s about the time when folks may be struggling to stick to resolutions made for the New Year—losing weight, exercising, finances, keeping the house organized, etc. 

The reality of a resolution sinks in when we realize we don’t like giving up our cupcakes and favorite snacks; when we have to climb out of bed 30 minutes earlier to fit in a workout.

Frankly, I don’t like change. But one of the few benefits of getting older is that I’ve discovered a few things. One is that I have to just go ahead and get started, whether I want to or not. Another is that a little bit done consistently will eventually result in some real change.

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I had a visual reminder of that this past week. I always dread putting away the Christmas decorations. It’s fun pulling everything out and making the house look festive. Putting it all away? Not so much. And since I do a lot of decorating, it’s a big job.

I reminded myself that all the decorations didn’t go up in a day. In fact, with my crazy schedule, it had taken a couple of weeks. Since my schedule is still crazy, why should I expect everything to be packed away in a day? So I’ve been packing boxes between deadlines and other tasks. And each day, the pile has dwindled.

The same is true spiritually. I often don’t like change—even though I know it will make me a better Christian or draw me closer to God. That’s when I have to dig deep and determine that I’m going to get started.

I know the results won’t be perfect on day one, but if I listen to God’s voice and make those changes consistently, I’ll be a different—and better—person before the next year rolls around.

Dear Lord, this is the one resolution I don’t want to break. Work on me consistently until real change occurs, until others can look at me and see You reflected in me. Amen.

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