Saturday, February 3, 2018

Walking by Faith (Baby Steps)

In the comedy movie What About Bob?, Bill Murray plays a man who is afraid of everything. He goes to a psychotherapist, Dr. Leo Marvin, who tells him the answer to his problem is to take baby steps. Bill asks, “What are baby steps?”

Dr. Marvin 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. When you get to the hall, deal with the hall, and so on. Do you see?”

Bill Murray understands and 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...”

Your first step of faith doesn’t have to be a huge step. It can be a baby step. Just like a toddler learns to walk, every follower of Christ needs to learn how to walk by faith. Paul says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). When God told Abraham to leave his country, “he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8). He took a baby step out the door and kept walking by faith...and God led him to the Promised Land.

Walking by faith means obeying what God tells you to do. It might be stepping into unfamiliar territory like Abraham. It may be speaking up about what you believe like Stephen (Acts 6-7) or doing something you’ve never done before like Noah (Heb.11:7).

What is calling you to do? Take a step of faith into the unknown and trust God to lead you. Now take another step. That’s walking by faith. It’s as simple as taking baby steps.
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