Daily Devotional – 9/14/17 “Do a little at a time!”

My husband and I have been going to the gym, together, for about a month now. One of the machines I have tried to stay away from is the stair stepper. That machine, oh my God! Who would have thought a machine that looks as easy as walking stairs, could take your breath away? I mean, it looks easy. It’s just stairs. Right? Baby, you will need water, towel and oxygen; fooling around with this machine. However, I will not be defeated by it so I have decided to do a few minutes every day until it is no longer a challenge. Is it hard? Heck yes but it’ll be worth it. And I am sharing this, for somebody who is looking at something challenging and trying to decide if you can do it. Beloved, don’t try to conquer it at once; do a little at a time. Going back to school, take one class. Joining the gym, do 30 minutes. Paying off debt, take one bill. Losing weight, take away one bad thing. Do a little at a time. Who can eat a pie without first cutting a slice and then taking a bite? Who can build a car without putting the first screw into the metal? Who can build a house without first cutting the wood? Do a little at a time.

Whether you know this or not, you cannot do it all. If you want to learn to cook, start with the basics. If you want to be in leadership, start with learning how to follow direction. If you want to pastor a church, learn how to first be a parishioner. If you want to open a business, learn how it is done. Yes, you jump head first but that may not work out so well especially when you have bitten off more than you can chew. Do a little at a time until you have mastered that and then add more. Taking on too much can cause injury. You can overwork a muscle, like your jaw muscle, trying to talk yourself out some stuff. You can put too much stress on your organs, like your heart and brain trying to do too much. You can wear yourself out, trying to consistently go when your body is saying not today. Stop trying to do so much. Do a little at a time and then add to it. This way you will actually enjoy what you are working towards instead of it becoming a daunting task you hate. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 2:22-24, “So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless. So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”

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