Take the First Step

A few days ago, I overheard part of a conversation that got me thinking about taking necessary action, especially when we don’t have everything planned out.

A woman near me was on the phone explaining to a family member that she wasn’t going to do anything about some issue that had just come up until she knew exactly what to do and had every single step planned out.

I had to quietly laugh inside. Isn’t that what everyone wants? We want everything to be easy to predict and fix. We want all the answers and solutions neatly presented to us before we take action. But life doesn’t work that way.

Yes, we should form a “tentative” plan but we need to hold onto it loosely. After this, we have to take action. The instant we make our first move, things can—and often do—change from what we expected to happen.

Once things change, our preset plans go out the window, and we have to continue moving forward in faith for the answers that we need. Oftentimes, the things we had “planned” to do wouldn’t have worked out and the adjustments we have to make midcourse work in our favor.

As Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The Lord has already gone before us and made a way. However, that path is often hidden from our natural eyes until we take that first step, and our act of faith begins to illuminate the next step of our journey.

Our job is to have the faith to take the first step into the unknown because we know the one who holds our future is faithful.

It’s About the Journey

Yesterday, my daughter and I took a road trip to see a traveling art exhibit. This particular event was in a city that was a three hour drive away. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and most of our drive was through very scenic countryside.

As soon as we arrived, we realized that the exhibition wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We decided to make the most of it and we took our time and saw everything. Afterwards, we had planned to try a restaurant that was recommended to us by some friends who live in that city. By some fluke, that didn’t work out, so we ended up eating at one of our favorite restaurant chains.

We got in the car and started our drive home. Just like our drive there, we had fun listening to music, visiting, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. About halfway home, I mentioned to my daughter how I had enjoyed everything about the day but just wished that the exhibit had been better given the long drive.

Without missing a beat, my daughter said, “Do you remember what happened the first time you and dad went to Hawaii? You took that drive along a scenic road and you were in such a rush to get to the end that you missed everything along the way. It was about the journey, not the destination. I think today has been about the journey.”

The truth that my daughter shared was so profound! It resonated completely with me. My perspective immediately changed. I decided to focus on the quality time I was spending with my adult daughter. I also became grateful for the nearly two hours we had left on our drive and the beautiful scenery.

Isn’t this a common thing that inadvertently happens to us? We get so busy with life that we focus on the destination. We forget that a destination isn’t a stopping point, it’s just a marker along our journey. We forget that it’s what we experience during the journey that is what is really meaningful and lasting.

It’s about the journey, not the destination. So relax and enjoy the journey.

Divine Beings

God has endowed us with His power and creative abilities because He trusts us. Jesus told His disciples, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15, NIV). He shared everything that His Father showed Him with His disciples. Jesus clearly modeled a life of doing only what His Father showed Him. This means that God intended to show the people He created how to fully and freely operate in His power. 

God is calling us His friends. God is showing us immense trust and faith. He is trusting us with this power because He knows that only those who will dare to believe they have the power of God living inside them will actually activate, through their faith, the inheritance that was given to all of God’s children through Christ. Sadly, due to fear or religion or misguided theology, most people live their entire lives suppressing their God- given birthright. 

Because we, like Jesus, are now one with the Father, when we speak, we speak from a place of authority and with the creative power of God. The Lord, speaking through the prophet Isaiah, declared, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11, NIV). We are speaking God’s will and His words when we speak in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s leading. God’s Word will not come back void, which means that, when we speak with His wisdom and authority, we are now co- creators with Him. 

I do not think that most children of God realize the incredible creative abilities that are released through them when they speak. Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3, NIV). God’s spoken word created the heavens and the earth. 

The power to create or destroy comes from the words we speak. The Bible states that we have the power of life and death in our words. Proverbs 18:21 clearly says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (NLT). God has given us authority, so when we speak, a divine command is being spoken. When we speak, we release angels and other heavenly hosts to bring into existence the very things that we have spoken. 

Excerpt from Lessons From God. Copyright © 2018-2021 Tanya Vezza | All Rights Reserved.

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day for remembering all we have to be grateful for. This day is especially important to me because I remember the gift of life. 

On Thanksgiving day over 40 years ago, my mom had a stroke at the tender age of 30. What should have been the worst day of our family’s life turned into the beginning of a series of God-ordained events that brought about a miraculous healing along with the strengthening of our family and our faith.

May you be blessed this day and every day. And, may you also remember that every day there is a reason to be thankful. 

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!