Monday, May 13, 2013

Taking Baby Steps

Second Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Walking by faith might mean stepping into unfamiliar territory, doing something that you’ve never done before. To break out of your comfort zone, you must take a step of faith through the fear barrier that keeps you from moving forward.

In the comedy movie What About Bob?, Bill Murray plays a man who is afraid of everything. He works up the courage to go to a psychiatrist, who tells him that the answer to his problem is to take baby steps. Bill asks, “What are baby steps?”

The psychiatrist explains, “It means setting small reasonable goals for yourself, one tiny step at a time. For instance, when you leave this office, don’t think about everything you have to do to get out of the building, just think about what you must do to get out of the room. And when you get to the hall, deal with the hall, and so on. Do you see?”

Bill Murray says, “Baby steps!” As he leaves, he takes six-inch steps as he’s repeating to himself, “Baby steps . . . baby steps through the office . . . baby steps out the door . . .”

What is keeping you inside your comfort zone? To walk by faith, you must first take a step of faith. It doesn’t have to be a huge step. It can be a baby step—but just do it by faith, trusting God to lead you down the right path.(Slaying Your Giants, Hendrickson Publishers, 2013, p. 89)

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