As I look at the full bin of wood scraps and sawdust, I can see that I took a small first step. The large bin is full! Today is another window that I can step through on a journey. The challenge is simple. Am I willing to build on the small steps of the past and aim towards the future? Can I muster to the courage to do what I know should be done even when I do not feel like it? Will the unknown push me into an uncertain stillness or will I reach out beyond my fear?
It is encouraging to see others leap out into the unknown. Paul’s remarks are a great example; “Putting out from the harbor at Troas, we made a straight run for Samothrace.” (Acts 16.11) I can think of other friends, taking on new challenges, moving to a different location, stepping out into the unknown. I know they did not abandon their fear. I know they struggled with distance between the new opportunity and family and friends.
I find myself waking to a new day and yet another fresh challenge. There is something relentless in life’s way of presenting the moment at hand. Every day comes with a fresh opportunity. The challenges of yesterday may appear different, however they are still here. Our fears, uncertainties, and doubts rarely if ever go on a holiday! Taking that first step can be difficult.
Remembering our success is a good thing. One should use the past as an excuse to not act in the present, and yet the memories of life’s good moment is what gives life is context and color.
Evaluating what worked, and did not, is important. Life gives us opportunity to learn. Life is willing to guide. Life can give us insights beyond our imagination. This process often begins with our willingness to open ourselves up to the process.
Action is required. Not doing anything is a choice. The point is that every moment gives and demands that we choose.
Life is in motion. The question remaining rests within.