Baby Steps

Baby Steps

“But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”  Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”  “Yes, come,” Jesus said.  So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.  Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” (Matthew 14-27-31)

To move ahead financially from where you are today, you will need to learn how and then do something to get you there. While this might seem obvious, it often stops people before they even get going. Most people look at where they might like to go based on what they can ‘reasonably see’ based on their current income and financial situation.  As soon as you target a destination, you create a gap. A gap can be uncomfortable, especially if you do not know how to bridge it. This is also why people often do not even set goals in the first place. If you don’t set a goal, you won’t have to do anything uncomfortable.  But you also don’t put yourself in a position of depending on God to open the doors and provide for the realization of the goal.

walk on waterHow?  A great way to build your ‘faith’ muscle is to break a goal down into smaller pieces it becomes more tangible. Therefore, rather than setting a goal to have $1 million dollars invested by the time you are ready to leave work in 30 years, set a goal to earn $100 with $10 directed towards a cause that is strong on your heart.  Likewise, if you want to own your own home mortgage free, start with a goal to call the bank to have them make an extra $100 payment each month. It just takes one small step at a time because a one percent change in direction maintained continuously will build on itself, and eventually become a much bigger change. If you do something easy to implement, you will gain confidence and reinforce the idea that God can and will meet and exceed your expectations based on His faith that is at work within you.

 

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