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 walk!

An average million steps is approximately 500 miles. Some of you have done that much simply by shopping at a mall over the course of a few years. Others are on their feet all day working, and others do a daily walk or hike–and just live life in motion.

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.

sunset photo

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The Saboteurs

saboteurWhat we meditate on and where we let our mind go will dictate our ability to accomplish our God-given dreams. It is imperative to watch for the saboteurs. 

Self-doubt, sabotage from the enemy, words purposely and carelessly slipped out of the mouth of friends and foes, comparisons—subtle or blatant, cautious and responsible self always trying to play it safe and sit on the sidelines…

Our minds, bodies, emotions, and spiritual condition rest on having “the mind of Christ”—see 1 Corinthians 2:16. Our faith, hope, and the ability to move forward is wrapped up in our thoughts—correct?

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

And in Proverbs 23:7, “Whatsoever a man thinketh, so he is…”

What do these scriptures mean to you and me as ones launching or working out our dreams?

Everything!

Imagine in one hand holding up the Scripture and in the other a thought—do they pair well? Are the thoughts resting in one hand consistent with what is in the other? If not, do what we do with questionable food in the refrigerator—throw them out!

The instruction and concept of holding every thought captive is one of the most important scriptures in the Bible (in my opinion). I cannot imagine what my brain and my actions would look like if I didn’t really catch on to the intent of this scripture early on.

Allowing one’s mind to wander wherever it starts to go without any boundaries is about as ridiculous and dangerous as letting a puppy loose on the streets of NYC during rush hours.

Keep moving forward, stay positive, and watch out for fear-riddled thoughts, thoughts of calamity, etc. If your thoughts do not reflect true hope, potential, and faith—you know what to do: throw them out!

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (!)” Romans 8:28

Photo from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie: Saboteur