The Next Few Steps

One foot in front of the other, really that’s all it would take.  But there was more to it, there would be getting into the car, and actually turning it on so that she could get to the destination she was aiming for.  Why was this so difficult she thought?  It is literally talking to someone and asking them a favor.  It wasn’t like she was asking them for their first born child.  But still she sat.  She had made it to her car, but then sat there convincing herself that she could drive where she needed to go.  Then she had an idea, since she wasn’t going any where at the moment why not look up the websites for the businesses she had to visit.  Maybe if she knew more about the owners and what the businesses actually sold it would make this process easier.   It didn’t take long for her to realize that she was stalling, so she started the engine and drove to the park that she planned to park at.  Both stores were within walking distance of each other so that would give her a chance to walk and pray.  The butterflies in her stomach were fluttering wildly, but she knew that if she wanted to move forward the next few steps had to happen.

Shortly after she had finally finished her tasks, she realized that life had gone on.  She had the relief in knowing she had accomplished what she set out to do.  She also realized she had to be ok if the people she talked to were not interested.  Still, she called her husband and let him know how everything went.  She didn’t realize it at the time but when he said how proud he was of her, she melted.  She needed to hear those words.  Needed to know that she had someone rooting for her.  With those simple words the rest of her day felt lighter. 

Challenges are put in front of us all of the time.  Most of us will take them head on and celebrate when they are done.  What is missed though?  When we get in this frame of mind good can be missed.  What if what you created is being enjoyed but you miss out because you are so focused on the fact that you needed to get “it out there” for people to enjoy it.  What if what you created brought you joy, but while sharing it with others you forgot that it brought you joy in the first place.  My sister when she was going to college to get her Graphics Design degree she had taken a picture I had of my oldest daughter and had used it as part of a project.  She had basically taken the way the picture looked from the camera and had made it better through her “filters” and creativity.  I still love to look at the picture she created.  I am sure during the time she was in the class, she didn’t see it as something someone else would enjoy later on, since at the time she was trying to get a good grade, but she ended up accomplishing that goal.

Getting caught up in the moment makes it hard to see the joy and creativity that is all around.  We live in a big beautiful world that God created for us, and we are too busy to notice it.  To add to that God made us to have gifts and we should use those gifts to bring glory to God.  Why have a talented artist put her paintings in the basement?  Why have an author not share her stories?  Why would someone that is good with numbers and math not help a business run better?  Fear can play a role but we were also taught that there is no fear in love.  God loves us, he gave us the talents and gifts we have so that we can share them with the world.  When we allow fear to overtake us we don’t take the next steps, we hide our first, second and third editions, we make excuses as to why we can’t do something now.  Believing in the gifts God has given you isn’t easy, but is there really anything in this world that is?  Until next time:

Sometimes, before a thing can go right, it has to go wrong. Maybe many times. If it’s important to you, keep doing it. And don’t be so hard on yourself! You’re doing better than you think

Nanea Hoffman
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