One foot in front of the other

Psalm 17

There are rare those days when I wake up and I feel full of energy and determination

The days when awake full of optimisem and determination, full of light and ideas, ready to go and grab life by the horns.

Most of my days start with me standing before Mount Everest thinking how to tackle the enormous climb ahead of me. Some chores feel impossible and ‘to do list’ very entangled.

If you asked people who have climbed successfully Mount Everest about their best advice, at the top of their list will be: prepare beforehand ( mind, body and soul, including prepare for surprises, always), walk slow and steady and stay on the guide’s path. 

Our devotion today stops to remind us just that. 

“I’m not trying to get my way in the world’s way. I’m trying to get your way, your Word’s way. I’m staying on your trail; I’m putting one foot In front of the other. I’m not giving up.”

Psalm 17:4-5 MSG

I can witness full heartily that when I prepare for my day, that day goes better. I didn’t say perfect, but way better than when I don’t. 

Preparation for me is simply – prayer, plan and pause. I must start my morning with prayer and meditation, I need to remind myself that I am not alone and that I have a great ally on my side. The creator of the universe stands by me and for me with creativity, guidance, wisdom and help. I can rely on him always. 

Slow and steady is way better than hurry and hassle. Even when I am facing a deadline or urgent matter, the best way I have seen that accomplished is by progressing in a calm and continuous way. 

The feeling to want to give up is real when we are overwhlemed, we just want to stay in bed all day.

It’s natural for the climbers to want to turn back when the lack of oxygen in the lungs is giving crazy headache and pain. Still, ’not giving up’ is the way forward and a lot of times that is obtained by simply putting one foot in front of the other as we follow the guide. 

Holy Spirit is our guide 

( see Proverbs 21:31, 2 Timothy 4:7, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:25