Seems simple enough. So why do most of us have such a hard time doing it?

There are so many factors that go in to starting something new. Many times we have to make preparations for a new project. I know I have a list of “things” I want to do, but I fumble around and keep saying, “I’ll get to that.” All the while, I stay in my rut and keep spinning my wheels, wondering what it will be like “one day” when I finally get to this or that.

Last week I had to let go of my hot tub. I had it for almost 13 years and loved it! However, the money I needed to put into it did not equal it’s worth. I had it removed and looked forward to a fresh beginning.

It was nearly 100 degrees outside and once I saw the mess left behind I didn’t really fell like dealing with it. I knew that the outcome would be worth the effort, but I just figured I could get to it the next day, or the next.


Instead of settling for this, I decided to take the first step, which was to shovel the rotted wood and debris from the concrete slab.

Once that was gone I figured I would go ahead and get out my pressure washer to clean the area a bit.

Of course once I started that and the cleaned area looked so much brighter than the rest, I had to continue and finish the job. When I saw the contrast between the dirt and the clean, I HAD to press on.

IMG_5603And guess what? Since I just started and took the project one step at a time it wasn’t so daunting. Once I got started I got excited about it and ended up with a fresh beginning for that area of my property.

IMG_5606That’s all it’s about – just taking that first step. Once I grabbed the handle of that shovel I had done the hardest part of the task. Once we start and get momentum we can continue to press forward.

I realize this is a simple example, but the visual is good and it makes a greater point that can spill over into all areas of our lives.

What is that “thing” that you really want to accomplish that you keep putting off?

JUST START. Take the first step. Then the next.

Before you know it you will have that project complete, or at least be well on your way to creating that new space, or writing that book, or learning to paint….whatever that “thing” is.

May we all run with endurance in our lives spiritually, emotionally and physically. May we press on and not grow weary in doing good or in improving ourselves and the lives of those we care about!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9


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