“Take the first step”

By the time this article makes it way to the internet, Easter 2019 will
have come and gone. To most people, Easter was about bunnies, eggs
and baskets full of candy & chocolate. For others, it was an excuse to
buy new clothes. I enjoy those things too, but Easter is more than that.
It is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I enjoy reading quotations and often use them as illustrations in sermons,
devotions, and teaching. Many of the most poignant and well-known
quotations are from anonymous sources. Over time, the identity of the men
and women who left us with these keen observations and words of advice have
been lost. One anonymous quotation I read recently captured my attention.
This writer said, “the hardest part of any journey is taking that first
step”. That statement is true on so many levels. How many of us have
struggled with the decision to accept a new job, make a career move, or
pack up and move our families to a new town? Wise students spend much time
deciding where to go to school or which major to pursue. Even decisions
that involve marriage and children are difficult. But once we take that
“first step”, we can concentrate on the journey that lies ahead.

I suppose that’s true in our spiritual lives. We all know people who have
not yet trusted Jesus Christ as the Lord of their life. But as Christians
we’re confident that if they’ll only take that “first step” and seek
forgiveness from God in Jesus’ name, the obstacles and barriers often fall
Christians struggle with taking the “first steps” in serving God. I’m
confident that every believer wants to know and do God’s will. Sometimes,
though, we just don’t know where to begin. This month, I pray that this
Easter season will help each one of us to take that “first step” in serving
God where He desires us to be involved.

God Bless you,
Bro. Joe

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