Back to the point; If we are going to accomplish anything worthwhile, big or small, there are certain principles that apply to any undertaking. I suppose millions of books have been written on the subject, some helpful and some good for the writer. I think most of what we call success is more dependent on Providential blessing than is usually admitted.
A man well acquainted with success and morbid failure stated:
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain.
You may know most of the principles laid out in the millions of books, and some people do, but if you fail to implement the one Mr. Twain stated you will never get moving toward your goal. I admit to know some people who really get moving, but all they are really doing is being busy due to their lack of figuring out what they are working toward. I only know of one person who really succeeded at this and though he didn’t know where, he fully trusted God when he blindly set out on the journey God had for him when he took the first step from Ur of the Chaldees.
Most of us really don’t know the end of the journey we are on, but we can and should know the first step. But we must accept the reality, that even though we know the first step, nothing is going to happen unless we start. The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, reminded his readers, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I know of no one who ever got anywhere without the first step. Of course it’s important to touch the rest of the steps as they become apparent.
When I was in Junior High School, Miss Katie Brattan was the Vice Principle. I sat in her office many times. One of her habits was to stand by the stairway in our three story building and catch innocent children such as me, skipping over steps. Upon such a catch, we/ had to go all the way to the bottom or top and start over again. And we had to walk instead of run. (Jimmy Biddle and I actually ran all the way to the top of the Washington Monument). Still, even in such a non-important event, we had to start.
Earl Nightingale gave a bit of advice that has proved helpful to me in starting new ventures and recovering from my share of flops. “Decide what you want, determine what’s needed, start where you are with what have, and do it now.”
Jesus said, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?” Luke 2:49.
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