Recently I had the opportunity to address a group of writers about the importance of blogging and how to get started. The subject of this post is not about getting started in blogging but about getting started in anything.
For me this is the key: Take the Next Step.
Of course, taking the next step implies taking the first step. Many people never conclude a project because they never begin. Something always comes up to keep them from getting started. Only when you are willing to begin will you end.
For years I worked with students toiling to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree. They were all bright and all talented. In addition, they all loved God and wanted to follow Him with their lives. They all exhibited a call to Christian ministry. Any of the readers of this blog across the country and around the world would be impressed with these folks.
As I worked with those students I was always amazed at those who could complete everything but the dissertation. The biggest problem with completing the dissertation (apart from money or family responsibility) had to do with getting started. Once a student started, they usually finished. Getting started was the key.
In order to finish a big project, you must simply move from one step to the next. I have noticed that once you complete a step, the next step becomes readily apparent.
It works in almost every situation and every endeavor. I think of taking the next step when I read Paul’s words to the Colossians: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
This is similar to the admonition of the Preacher: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
The other thing I have noticed is how much you can accomplish if you take the next step (whatever your hand finds to do).
God has great work for us to accomplish. Let us not be weary in doing well. Let us take the next step to accomplish those goals God has given us.
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