Baby steps… We refer to them as if they are simple or small.
“Just take baby steps toward that goal or that dream you have.”
There is nothing small or simple about it. When an infant is learning to walk, those seemingly small steps are a big deal!
Children develop in an orderly manner, meaning that most of us reach certain milestones before reaching others. Like crawling before you walk, and walking before you run. It’s important to keep in mind that the rate at which children reach these milestones can differ greatly, depending on the individual child.
And so it is with our journeys through this life. We mature physically in much the same way that we do emotionally, at our own pace:
- The center of the body develops before the outer regions. – Muscles at the core of the body become stronger and develop sooner than those in the feet and hands. Our core is what grounds us and keeps us in balance. It’s at the heart of who we are.
- Development occurs from the top down, from the head to the toes. This is why babies learn to hold their heads up before they learn how to crawl. Your head needs to be level and straight before your feet start walking. Your brain sends the messages to your feet and legs in much the same way your spirit leads you on a different level.
And just like those adorable little ones learning to walk, we rarely ever realize just how far we’ve come until we look back at where we started.
No, baby steps are not simple or small. They are brave and courageous. They are worthy of recognition. Yes, you will fall. On many occasions. And yes, it will hurt. No, you may not want to try again. But remember that there is a parent by our sides at all times.
Our encouraging Father is holding out his hands and coaxing us along through this life. He’s there to catch us if we fall. He knows what comes next, even though we don’t.
What are you waiting for before you make a change? How can you keep moving forward anyway?
I am always waiting on something… the right time, more money, true love’s kiss under a half-moon when the stars are aligned. In other words, I set up a scenario that will never happen. And thus, nothing changes. One small step I can take toward my God-Sized Dream is hosting an in(RL) meetup in April and email my friends an invitation. You see, this blogging experience has been my thing that I don’t always share with those I love, something that belongs to me. And it’s on the world-wide web? Yes, I do get the irony of it all.
Would you like to find belonging and community in your life. (in)RL is a great place to start!
I’m part of Holley Gerth‘s God-sized Dreams Team and we’re following her new book, “Do What You Can Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better“. This post is inspired by “Step #5: Stop Waiting for the Perfect Time”.
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