Reference: Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” (Genesis 21:18 NIV)
Explore: I was recently reading an article to help people start an exercise routine. I was surprised at how simple they made it sound.
They suggested that each day you set a goal. The next day you set the goal a little further.
They acknowledged the first goal might just be getting out of bed early. That didn’t even contain any exercise but they felt it built confidence as you achieved the goal.
The next goal was to walk to the letter box. Then the end of the street.
The opportunity was to potentially run a marathon but it acknowledged it was okay to start small.
Application: Many people achieve great things in our world, but they all start small. I’m often surprised when I have accomplished something significant as I’m aware of how simply it started.
When Hagar, in Genesis 21, was sent into the desert with her son she thought she was going to die. She gave up all hope for the life of herself and her son.
God had a plan for their lives and so He told her, instead of laying down to die she must lift up her son and take him by the hand. What mother hasn’t done that for her son hundreds of times? It didn’t sound like rocket science!
But that is where God asked her to begin. Start by just getting up and doing something familiar in a slightly more trying situation.
God wants to do something great in your life but we have to start by lifting someone up and doing something small in the right direction.
Prayer: Lord, the tasks ahead often seem too big. Help me to take each day at a time and do my small bit to make a move in the right direction. Amen.
What small step can you take today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible.
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