A Million Steps

May I challenge you to a million steps?

Will you be moved by my provocation?

Or, simply sigh and say, “I have done that countless times!”

The fact is, most of us have. We just weren’t counting, though. And…we didn’t do it all in one very long walk!

An average million steps is approximately 500 miles. Some of you have done it by simply every day life, and over a  course of a few years: you have your million steps. Others are on their feet all day working, and others do a daily walk or hike–and just live life in motion and they may have their million a little faster.

We do get our million steps in. I have a few times over as one who has been a walker and hiker for years.

But, if I were to have asked you to sign a pledge and get it done via commitment, would you be more or less likely to get in the 500 miles and accomplish the million step challenge?

Every goal needs a workable deadline. Yes, it can be readjusted with major life changes or re-worked to accommodate days where we make other choices–like double-timing it the next day.

To succeed at reaching our desired and needed goals, how about setting yourself up with a deadline. I used to think I was so undisciplined that the only way I could get something done was by having a crunch time: a deadline with an “or-else” factor.

The issue wasn’t that I was undisciplined–though that may be the case, but rather it is a means to work with my personality type. There really should never be guilt in learning to work within our style. We do well to understand how to work with ourselves, like learning how to work with a busy four year old. Understanding, techniques, and loads of grace should be lent towards ourselves as we bite off big challenges. There is no harm in going for the ascent up the mountain!

Tell me, where is your mountain, what does it look like, and when will you climb it? If you want to walk in the daylight there are only so many hours till sunset.

There is your deadline: sunset.

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What is Your Oil?

biblical_prophets_Elisha_Widow_OilMore and more I am finding that I have an absolute need to write. As I get some clear picture that I must share or lately if I am feeling like I need to be grounded, I write. It calms me and it gives me something to give away. I like to give but I don’t always have a ready bouquet of flowers or bundt cake to give to whomever will take them. But with this blog, I can give away my words, my thoughts and perspectives, and usually, at least some one person will take them.

I was reading earlier in 2 Kings 4 about Elisha and the widow in debt and in danger of losing her sons because of it. She had one thing, and limited amounts of it but Elisha told her to get every container around and even go borrow some more and fill them up. Her two sons went to collect them and when every last vessel was filled, the oil went dry. The next day the demanding debtor was paid and the rest of the money was for the benefit of the widow and her two sons.

That made me ask God, “What exactly is my oil?” What is it, if I can nail it down to just one thing.

I was busy today and I felt like I needed to write for a moment this evening, for that grounding.  This is what I came up with. My most precious and steadfast commodity is my ability to communicate truth, help/serve, give direction, and lend various skills—along with dosing out Spirit-led encouragements, directed just for the person I am working with. It is my commodity.

I found my oil. And I found it by asking God that question and then later by sitting with my hands readied to write on my computer keyboard it just came out.

What commodity do you have to share, to make money with, to exchange for something important—like your sons’ lives?

And, how can I and Audacious Consulting & Media help you? Maybe you don’t even know what it is that you need help with because you are stuck where you are at—there is help to pull you out and get you moving towards your dreams and destiny!

(A special thanks to Patrice Tsague of The Nehemiah Project for basing his work around this concept. By reading what he will be teaching (and I will be learning) at the next BE 1 class in August (at New Hope Christian College) I went and grabbed my Bible… and then asked the right question.)