Take the Next Step

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and we went to see a movie which came out recently called, Courageous.  I can’t even begin to express how much I was moved and touched in deep places within.  The  movies main theme was about a group of fathers who chose to make a resolution to go to the next level in their commitment as dads.

Those of you like myself who are a parent, know firsthand that can be much easier said than done.  I think that is why they came up with the title, Courageous. Choosing to make a commitment, then following through can be quite challenging. requiring risks and lifestyle changes that are not always comfortable.

 This past year, I made a commitment to lose weight and change my eating habits.  This might not sound like it would take that much courage, but for those of you who LOVE to eat like I do, believe me, it  did!   I am happy to report I was successful (with God’s help of course), to lose my goal of 15 pounds, but that was only the beginning of the story.  After the initial weight loss, which took about 3-4 months, I had to Take the Next Step, which involved KEEPING it off.

To do so, I had to make another commitment to STAY at my new current weight.  As I monitored it, I would notice it would fluctuate a few pounds above my goal.  At such times I would have to remind myself, You made a commitment to STAY at that weight, so you best do so. Overall, I was consistent at dropping off those few additional pounds until about a month ago, and then voila!  One day when I got on the scale I had actually gained 5 lbs!! 

Now the question was, Was I going to take the next step? Thankfully, by the grace  of God I courageously chose to more carefully monitor my eating habits, and over the process of a few weeks I was back on track. Back on track, because I had taken the next step.

Last year I had taken the next step with exercise goals and thankfully succeeded. Recently, I am taking the next step with my finances.  Being courageous enough to take the next step towards what is best for yourself, and in honor of God and others is not always easy.  It takes discipline, hard work, persistence and prayer, but I believe it starts with a willingness to be courageous by committing to that first step.

In the movie, 5 different men took that next step by making a public confession in front of their families. Then all but one, courageously followed-through.  What a gift this was to their children, and what an honor it was to their God. What is the the Lord speaking to you about that might be something you could courageously commit to taking the next step?

No matter what that might be, the good news is it is never too late to  start. Don’t allow past failures to stop you from trying again. Even if you’ve  failed before, remember the reason God gives us a new day every 24 hours is for new beginnings. You know what they say, If you don’t succeed, try, try again!  This might be your time of victory; and if so~ how sweet that victory can be!

-The Quilted Poetess

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