When will you make TODAY the first day of the rest of your life? What are your dreams? To start something new? To leave behind the hurt and grieving? To set aside your fears and step forward in courage? To step boldly into a next chapter of your life?
When will I stop dreaming and start acting? That’s the question before me – and you – each day. Taking time to reconnect with our dreams and let them take shape is important, but so is stepping toward them. What step, even a tiny one, will you take toward your dream?
Jeff Goins says in his recent book, “The Art of Work”:
“What you must do is keep moving. Don’t stand still. Don’t squander your time, holding out for someone else to give you permission to start. It won’t happen that way. No one is going to give you a map. You will have to step out into the unknown, listening for direction as you go.”
Reaching our dreams isn’t about taking giant leaps, but rather taking small steps in the general direction of that dream. We may not know how we’ll get there or where exactly to go, but taking those small steps will propel us forward. As we step, we need to listen to God’s direction and let Him guide each next step.
In describing a couple who took a giant leap of faith to move their family to Burundi to start a coffee company helping local farmers, Jeff Goins describes their journey like this:
“They didn’t take a leap; they built a bridge. And the beauty of a bridge is you don’t have to see too far ahead in order to get to the other side. You just have to take the next step.”
One of my favorite songs right now is “Day One” by Matthew West. When I listen to the song, I imagine myself standing on the threshold of a doorway, looking out into a world of possibilities, yet knowing the comfort and safety of the known is inside. Do I want to step out into the unknown and risk potential failure, certain change, and possible success? Or, stay inside where I know what to expect, even if it’s not the stuff of my dreams?
Well, I wish I had a short term memory
Wish the only thing my eyes could see
Was the future burning bright right in front of me
But I can’t stop looking back
Yeah, I wish I was a perfect picture of
Somebody who’s never not good enough
I try to measure up but I mess it up
And I wish I wasn’t like that
I wish I wasn’t wishing anymore
Wish I could remember that nobody’s keeping score
I’m tired of throwing pennies in a well
I gotta do something
Here goes nothin’
It’s day one of the rest of my life
It’s day one of the best of my life
I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
(“Day One”, written by Matthew West and Pete Kipley)
What step can you take in the general direction of your dream? Will today be your “day one”?
- The day you decide to lay down the burdens weighing you down, so you can step forward with hope.
- The day you decide to smile again after a season of sadness and grief.
- The day you decide to make that phone call to reconnect with an old friend and begin to heal old hurts.
- The day you decide to start new habits to get healthy.
- The day you decide to give that career you’re dreaming about a test drive by taking a class, signing up for a volunteer job, or trying a freelance assignment.
- The day you take one baby step toward the next chapter of your life you’ve dreamed about.
Let’s step boldly together into the dreams God has for us. We may falter or fail, but let’s trust that even in the missteps God will guide us toward His better future for our lives.
“If your life’s work is only a dream, something fleeting and frail that’s never back by action, it can only last so long.” – Jeff Goins, “The Art of Work”
We’re standing together on the the threshold looking out into a new day. Will you step back into the comfort of your known – or will you step forward into a new day and take a step (even a small one) toward your dream?
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Mary Geisen says
Love this! I also love Matthew West’s song “Day One”. It is a call to take that first step and to not sit still. This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Blessed to be your neighbor at #RaRalinkup.
Some days I’ll just put that song on repeat – hoping it’ll sink in enough to get me to take that next step 🙂 Blessings to you this morning!
Karen Brown says
Oh I love the building a bridge vs. a leap of faith analogy. This is such an encouraging and well-written message. And these words are sticky ones: “We may falter or fail, but let’s trust that even in the missteps God will guide us toward His better future for our lives.” Praise God that He is bigger than our missteps! Thank you for sharing this~
Thanks, Karen! So grateful God is bigger than our missteps and will keep guiding us even when take a wrong turn!
Nannette Elkins (@ynannette) says
Thank you, thank you! Love your words and encouragement here Great song!!
Holly Barrett says
Lots of thoughts on dreams this week!! Thank you for the encouragement to not only keep dreaming but to step out in faith to do my part in making the dreams come true.
I’m so enjoying all the posts lately on dreaming. Now to start taking some action toward those dreams 🙂
Thank you for a beautiful post, Kathryn! You’ve inspired me today. Reminded me that I need to go ahead and submit an article that just got rejected to another magazine! Gonna go do that now. Gonna listen to that song while I do it!
Go for it! You’ve got me thinking, too, what step can I take today?
Angela Parlin says
Inspiring post! Thank you for sharing with us at #RaRaLinkup! I too just read The Art of Work at the beach a couple weeks ago and it was impactful. Blessings to you! Angela
Loving The Art of Work! Hopefully it’s going to spur me into action 🙂
Tiffany Parry says
Great encouragement here today! The steps that I am taking are just that – continuing to move forward. Not fixing my eyes on results, those are God’s, but pressing on in the process. Thanks for the encouragement that every step matters. #coffeeforyourheart
Kathryn Shirey says
Praying for your next steps. Keep trusting in God to place your feet in the right steps and lead you to His results. Keep stepping!
I love this! We all have reasons for standing still, but they get us nowhere. We all need a push, and this one is great 🙂
Kathryn Shirey says
Standing still is easy, stepping forward is a risk. I definitely needed a push – think we need something to tip that scale sometimes to make us start moving. 🙂
Hi, Kathryn! You packed about a pound of encouragement into this post! 🙂 I love Matthew West’s song, too. I’m most fascinated by this idea of building a bridge and taking it one step at a time – very interesting. Thank you for sharing these words with us at Grace and Truth this week.
Jen @ Being Confident of this
Hey, this is a lovely song! Every day is always a good day to begin. What a wonderful reminder. So encouraging.