Published March 5, 2013

Shelia Shares....
"Taking The First Step"

Joshua 1:9 reads, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Fear can keep us from taking steps towards a goal. Fear can keep us from attempting a new job. Fear can keep us from helping someone in need. Fear can make us immobile.

We fear circumstances. Fear of failure can hold us back from seeing what we could do. Fear of looking foolish can keep us speechless. Fear of tripping can keep us from moving. Fear of loss can keep us from sharing a gift. What would happen if...?

I remember my first speech class in high school. I was in 9th grade and in a class with students from grades 9 through 12. I was scared to death.

We were told to arrange our desks in a circle. Then the teacher told us that we would go around the circle and say our name, grade and one sentence about us. When it was my turn, with a shaky voice, I said my name, grade and probably, "I like to read." I remember rehearsing what I would say as others were taking their turns. What if I forgot? I could finally breath again after I made my "speech," although I was left shaken.

I had taken that first step.

The next talk we needed to prepare was a one minute speech and then a five minute speech. When we came to the end of the class, we needed to present a 15 minute speech. I was able to give an intelligent and intelligible speech.

I was reminded of that speech class on a recent Sunday. Because of a heating problem at church, the congregation was meeting for Sunday School as one adult class rather than dividing into multiple classes. The room where we chose to meet had the doors closed and little electric heaters scattered around. The teacher in charge of the class was ready to begin when he looked at me and asked if I wanted to do an opening. It took me by surprise since I had no warning this request was coming. Without hesitation, I led a devotional and prayer before the Sunday School class actually started.

Could I have done that impromptu "speech" had I not taken that first step back in 9th grade? I don't think so.

What do you need to do today that seems impossible because of fear? What single step can you take?

A baby takes baby steps and then toddles and then walks and then runs. The child doesn't feel badly that it can't run immediately. It takes that first step, even falling sometimes, but getting up to try again.

Take that first step. You are not walking alone. Joshua 1:9 reads, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." You can do it with your hand firmly in the Lord's hand.

- Shelia

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