Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12 (ESV)
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB)
For me, sometimes the hardest part of getting anything done is…getting started.
When I was in school, it would be homework assignments, or chores. I’d do just about anything to not mow the lawn. But once I got started, the same thought always ran through my head: This wasn’t so bad. I should’ve just done this earlier, and I would’ve already be done by now.
Fast forward many years later, and it’s the same thing, but on different levels:
- Will I rise today with a joy-filled demeanor?
- Will I let go of that thing that I indignantly keep holding onto? Will I finally forgive myself and others for wrongdoing?
- Will I start on that bible reading plan I keep putting off?
- Will I start again to follow Christ and leave myself and my burdens behind?
Billy Graham talks about two essentials of a successful walk:
If any word could describe it, I would say surrender. The second word I would say would be devotion. Nothing can take the place of a daily devotional life with Christ. Your quiet time, your prayer time, the time you spend in the Word, is absolutely essential for a happy Christian life. You cannot possibly be a happy, dynamic, and powerful Christian apart from a daily walk with Christ. Christ is calling Christians today to cleansing, to dedication, to consecration, and to full surrender.
Each morning, His sun rises and shines on us (even when shrouded by clouds), reminding us of His fresh mercies given us. It’s a new day, and a new chance to please Him. And to start, we swing one foot out of bed and onto the ground.
To succeed in our walk, we have to take that first step. Sometimes, it’s taking another first step after stumbling in the dark or falling into the ditch, or straying from God’s intended, well-lit path for us. Let us confess, repent, and ask for forgiveness, and rejoin God in our walk. He’s patiently and lovingly waiting before you.