July 29, 2008

BECOMING

I remember being in my early 20's and so lost. I look back and just want to hug the person I was. I felt so alone and helpless.
Most of all...I felt like I was NEVER going to get to where I wanted and needed to be in life. It was so hard to picture anything different. To picture myself with a home, job, and family. I mean, How on earth was I going to get there?

The task seemed so big and overwhelming and I felt like I was going to be a failure in life.

But....here I am 10 years later, and how did I get here?

One Step at a Time.

I started with the small things. The things I could change for the better. The very small things. The big things happened fast and they would scare me at times. However I adjusted to them by fixing the small things in that circumstance.

Even though life took me in unpredicted directions and I was presented with circumstances that were beyond my control....circumstances that would eventually mold and shape me into the person God needs me to be, it is how I reacted to these circumstances that mattered.

The small details.

I was reminded of this today as I took out our daily family devotions at breakfast.
I had been feeling out of touch with God for a few months. Not feeling like the connected family I want to have. In the summer my bible tends to collect dust, and I find that when we as a family are not rooted in the word, slowly things start to unravel. Our attitudes, and reactions to circumstances that are beyond our control take a turn for the worst. This is not the family I want....but how do we get there?

So... I took a small step. I made the decision to start family devotions in the morning. To make the Word a priority before I check my e-mail. I have to admit that at first it was hard to sit down, but it only takes 5 minutes of our time! Five minutes to be together in the morning and pray about our day. 5 minutes to become rooted in God's word and to set our priorities straight for the morning.
5 minutes...A small step to changing things around here.

Small Steps to becoming the people/family that God needs us to be in the future.

Small Steps to getting to where we need to be.

2 comments:

ValleyGirl said...

Amen. This is such a good reminder and testimony, all at the same time.

The Small Scribbler said...

This is how my life changed too. Making time for the Word has changed the dynamics of how our family relates to one another in so many ways. What I love is how the kids are beginning to approach the Word with seriousness and intentionality. We're in Isaiah right now and it is really challenging each of us.

You are on the right track.

Kate