Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
The quote above is attributed to Lau-Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and central figure of Taoism. Reflect on it for a moment, its simplicity, its clarity. The old master, in just a few words, illuminates a profound truth.
Every task, no matter how daunting, has a starting point. When the entirety of the task overwhelms, focus on the first step. And proceed from there.
Consider what this means when the task in question is Christian discipleship. Discipleship is a daunting task, indeed; making the reign of God real on earth as it is in heaven is not a simple Saturday afternoon chore. We think, “Surely I am far too insignificant to make any kind of impact on this monumental task.”
Well, if I might quote Sherman T. Potter, “Horse hockey!” would be my response.
Do not let the length of the journey prevent you from taking the first step. You CAN make a difference; you CAN change the world; you CAN do things that are not humanly possible. As Melissa reminded us Sunday, we are called to “Do the Divine.”
What is your “first step” of discipleship going to be? Or if you are already on the discipleship journey, what is your “next step” going to be?
Take a step, Andy B.