A small kindergarten student recently complained to me that it was dark in the bathroom and he was scared to enter. I took his hand, opened the bathroom door, and demonstrated that he needed to take the initial step over the threshold in order for the lights to come on. As the room lit up I felt enlightened with a similar spiritual truth.
Many of us have an area in our lives that require an initial step. It might be educational, as in signing up for a class to further a career choice. It might be relational, such as writing a letter to begin the process of forgiveness or a phone call to network with a partner in beginning a business. Perhaps it is personal, like a gym membership to start focusing on weight loss or a small improvement, like choosing a room of the house to begin remodeling.
What stops us? Usually procrastination is not just laziness on our part; it is fear caused from the fact that we may not be successful in our endeavor. While that may be a possibility, never taking that initial step ensures failure. God can grant the courage to start. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7 There are many examples of God asking people throughout the Bible to take faith steps. One example is when the Israelites stood at the Jordan River. They needed to physically be obedient and step into its waters before the Lord would hold back its waters in order for them to walk across on dry land. Even though their step was small in comparison to His divine work it was important. The miracle that followed was contingent on their action. Had they never stepped history would have been changed forever.
Many of us have a strong threshold of pain; we can tolerate hurt to a high degree. Yet we all need to realize that there is also a threshold of gain. No pain, no gain. There may be a cross to bear before we cross over. Nevertheless, one principle is certain- we will never experience the ground gained without the courage to take that first baby step of faith. The goal is not perfection, it is moving forward in the right direction!