And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6.19
A Word of Hope
One Step at a Time
Everything begins with a step, but often we lose track of the steps we took and even, that first initial step. Progress works this way. Robert H. Schuller once said, “You can know how many seeds are in an apple, but you can’t know how many apples are in a seed.” If you want a tree you have to plant the seed. The tree won’t come until it is in season. Maybe the solution to all of one’s problems lies in what they can appreciate. If seeds can turn into trees, caterpillars into butterflies, and dreams into whole civilizations, then imagine what you and I could do with time.
We worry that we may not be enough; rich enough, smart enough, motivated enough, attractive enough, and anything else we use to measure worth. What makes the tree more important than the seed? The rocks on top of the mountain could not reach its peak without the rocks at the base. Do not despise small beginnings, feeling stuck, and not knowing what to do. The air tastes much sweeter on top of the mountain when you have to climb to get there.
What if we stopped judging and measuring success? Things might slow down, but my guess is that they would speed up. Maybe we would stop comparing ourselves to each other. How would we know we were ever failing if we had no standard to compare ourselves to? It is not bad to have desires, but we should never feel less worthy over what we don’t have. If we do that, then we forget that life is a process. You see, what makes the air on top of the mountain taste so sweet is every step you took to get there.
God, thank you for your many gifts. Over and over you show me something different, another possibility, and another way. Help us to climb our mountains. Let us fly high above the treetops. Let us accomplish our dreams and more. Lord, I want to want what I have. Thank you for the time you have given me. Amen.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare