ONE STEP AT A TIME
“You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb a little.” – Andrew Carnegie
“I recommend you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield
Proverbs 21:5 (MSG)
5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
“The reason so many people are unhappy today and seeking help to cope with life is that they fail to understand what human existence is all about. Until we recognize that life is not just something to be enjoyed but rather is a task that each of us is assigned, we’ll never find meaning in our lives and we’ll never be truly happy.” These are the words that Dr. John Walvoord heard and recall during the memorable conversation with a man named Dr. Victor Frankl.
Every day, we have an appointment and that appointment is to accomplish the things that we are meant to do. God has a task for us and accomplishing this is not done in one big leap. It is done one step at a time. Whether that would be writing, singing, working out, studying, or finishing a project, it is something that we built on one layer at a time.
The small things in life play a big role in molding our character whether for good or ill.
In the first part of the trilogy of the hobbit, a company of 13 dwarves, a hobbit, and a wizard was on a quest of reclaiming the kingdom of Erebor. On their way the wizard led them to the one of the realms of the elves, Imladris, or in the common tongue, Rivendell. The dwarves have a long time hatred for the elves because on the day Erebor was taken by Smaug, no help came from among them. Nevertheless, they have to go there because they carry a map that could only be read by a few people and one of them is Lord Elrond.
Now, the rest of the guardians of Middle-Earth, learning about the quest of the company, convened in Rivendell to discuss about the matter. At the end of the discussion, when it was only Gandalf and Galadriel was left, Galadriel asked a simple question and yet not so simple at all. Come to think of it, she is wondering in her mind that for such a quest as overtaking Smaug in the lonely mountain she was asking what Gandalf thinking was when he chose such a small person, Bilbo Baggins, to face a terrible beast such as a dragon.”
This is how their conversation goes:
Galadriel: Mithrandir… why the halfing?
Gandalf: I do not know… Saruman believes that it is only great power that could hold evil in check. But that is not what I found. I found that it’s the small things; everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay: Simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid that it gives me courage.
We never climb a mountain in one big leap. We do that “one step at a time.”