By Jeremy Jones
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Every time I embrace this powerful quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. my spirits are immediately uplifted. My courage overflows and I know that with faith all things are possible. Instilling his quote into the depths of my soul has provided an outlook that automatically makes the highest of challenges just one step away. It does not matter how steep an obstacle or how confusing a mission, my first step and each sequential step must be toward the goal I wish to achieve.
Hiking a mountain both physically and metaphorically are accomplished by taking the first step without even knowing what the rest of the journey is going to bring you. To get to the top of the mountain, you have to trust in each of your steps, even the ones you can not yet see. Focusing just on the peak can be very distracting to your success. It is a matter of focusing on each step along the way that will get you to the top.
Life is this same journey. You might have goals and plans all mapped out for yourself. You might picture yourself happier than you’ve ever been, wealthier than you’ve ever been, or even in places you’ve never been. While it is great to have this vision and to set these goals for yourself, you can not skip the steps along the way. And most importantly, you must begin to step.
Taking the first step in faith is the most important. This is the step that leads to the second, and then to the third, and ultimately to exactly where you want to go.
On this day in which we commemorate a man that was known for stepping, a man that was known for dreaming, and a man that was known for serving others, be fueled by his actions. Be inspired by his thoughts. Be courageous by his faith.
Take your first step today toward something that means so much to you. Don’t worry about the whole journey or discourage yourself because you’ve never been there or done it before. Don’t think you have to have the entire plan drawn out. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t. Focus on what you can. Focus on what Martin Luther King, Jr. shared with us many years ago.
What step will you take today?