do a little bit

At the beginning of Feb, I slipped on the snow as I was walking home from my neighbor’s house & I banged up my ankle really bad.  I don’t consider myself to be very wimpy but I knew that I had hurt myself pretty bad – like having to crawl instead of walking bad.  After xrays, the Dr said it was just a bad sprain & that it would take time to heal.  When she said “time”, my mind translated this to mean a few days or maybe 2 weeks, because that’s a LONG time!  Now that we’re almost 2 MONTHS later, I’m still having some challenges.

But here’s the good news & this is where I want to encourage you:  even though I didn’t go very far nor fast, I ran outside yesterday & my ankle did pretty well.  Afterwards, I was talking w a friend & we encouraged each other that a little bit is better than nothing.  This idea about “a little bit” has huge value in LOTS of areas of our lives:

  • a little bit of forgiveness is moving in the right direction
  • a little bit of patience can be more constructive than impatience
  • a little bit of exercise can help to set us up to do a little more
  • a little bit of genuine love has immeasurable power to transform

When we start with nothing, a little bit can help us to get moving in the right direction 🙂

God’s Timing

 I was reading a few days about in Exodus about God’s instructions to Moses for the Passover.  What stood out to me was how God was very clear that this meal was to be eaten quickly and in a state of readiness.  They were supposed to have their traveling clothes on, bags packed, the bread was unleavened (so no rising time was necessary), all with the intent of getting out of Egypt quickly.  Indeed, the very purpose of the meal was to give them fuel for their journey.

This was interesting to me because I tend to like to linger and chat over meals.  I like that a meal can be a means through which relationships can deepen.  But in the case of the Passover meal, it wasn’t for relationship purposes.  There are times that God wants us to get moving, stop stalling & quit lingering.  Some seasons are for relationship development and some seasons are for moving forward.  Many times, we don’t know beyond one step at a time, what God has down the road.  But we must be careful to be obedient to the next step. 🙂