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One foot in front of the other....

October 15, 2015

    Simon says, Take one step forward.....now go ahead and step back. HA!  Got ya!!  Simon didn't say step back. (**insert smug smile here**) I used to play that game and never really liked it much. It had something to do with my attention span and listening well.  Some folks do better than others.

    My life is like this frustrating game. I need direction at times and other times I choose to step out on my own. What is the right course of action here? Discernment leads me to consider God's will versus my own.  Looking too far ahead leads to angst and causes me to micro-manage the future that hasn't yet arrived. Living in the past and trying to learn from my mistakes can produce good results but the danger of staying in the past lurks there.

    So, I am left to consider living in the present. Today is the one I have to work with and one that carries all sorts of possibilities. Yesterday, I walked around our home and used the foot-path shown here and it brought me to a conclusion. These stepping stones were carefully laid there to assist anyone walking in this place.  One step at a time on a clearly marked path brings focus and defines the direction of our journey.

    A friend and I talked about worry and whether worrying has any value. We both knew the answer to that discussion. Jesus said some important things about worry and living in the present.

        "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

        Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has

        enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34, NIV)

    When you are faced with decisions about yesterday, today, or tomorrow, consider where God wants you to live, rest, love, and be.  He calls us to live one day at a time and one stepping stone at a time. Our faith is formed in obedience to the will of God. Our faith journey requires us to live in the present, while stepping forward with confidence that God has already gone ahead to place the next stone.

Simon says, "Go use this day to glorify God and bless your part of the world."

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