“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Those words, uttered by Chinese philosopher, Lao-tzu, describe the importance of the first step for any endeavor. It goes along with something I heard in a message a couple of weeks ago.
Tom Mehaffy, pastor of Bowen Christian Church, was speaking to high school graduates. He talked about the steps that were ahead of them and about the importance of listening to God’s voice for direction. His message focused on the story of Peter walking on water from Matthew 14. Peter was scared when he saw Jesus walking on the water during the storm. He heard the voice of Jesus say, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter responded to his voice by saying, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus replied, “Come.” Tom told the graduates, “When it comes to risk, it’s critical we listen to God, if He is not calling us, stepping out of the boat is simply foolishness.”
I used this story and statement at Ignite’s recent board meeting, as we prepared to talk about taking some large steps as a church planting organization. I wanted to make sure that God is the one who is calling us to take these steps. As we talked and prayed, the board determined that God was calling us to take some bold steps forward.
The journey begins with the first step. The meeting last Monday was the first step forward. While nothing is certain about the future, I’d rather be out on the water with Jesus than sitting comfortably in the boat. Right now, I’m praying about the next step…