It can be hard to get back on track once we derail. It seems to take so much more effort to get going again than it does to maintain the momentum. This past year has derailed so many things. It has caused us to stop or at least put many of our plans on pause. The way that we live and understand life has been altered, at least in the short term. So it can be challenging to get back in the swing of things when the opportunity finally presents itself.
As I attended church yesterday, that seemed to be a common theme. Sunday School began again. The choir sang for the first time. It was good to be in worship, in person, with God. I am not discounting what has happened over the last year. We have figured out ways to worship that we may have missed otherwise. But it was good to get back into a rhythm. So many people I encountered had the same thoughts – it is challenging to get back and start again. Even with the anticipation of worship, it can still be a push to change our routines.
I find this is the way much of our lives operate. We want to exercise, but we are tired. We know getting up and going will help. We understand that starting is the key. But it is so hard just to get going. We want to start a new project but it seems so daunting. We plan to read our Bible but there is so much to read. The thought of it all quickly becomes overwhelming. And so we either stop or doing get started.
What if we simply tried today. We don’t worry about the entire week. We don’t think about the number of pages in the book. We don’t try to see the end of the journey. We don’t even worry about how long the path seems. We simply do one thing in the right direction today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Just try today. Just read today. Just pray today. Just plan to attend worship this Sunday. Just take one step at a time. It is amazing how freeing it can be to just take the first step. We will probably find it wasn’t nearly as difficult as we thought.
One day…one step…one little change – this could be the key to becoming what we were created to be.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
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