One step at a time

IS IT JUST ME or does it feel like the speed of life has accelerated? Yes, there are moments of calm, but they don’t seem to last long, do they?

Suddenly someone gets sick, the roof starts to leak, or a bunch of bills expire all at once. How do we navigate this hectic world we live in?

For me, it’s one step at a time.

I literally have to say this to myself sometimes. One step at a time. Just saying it out loud helps.

If you are like me, your mind gets jammed a bit when you have many things to take care of. And if unexpected problems come up, you get anxious.

How am I going to deal with all this?

One step at a time.

And just by saying it, I can focus on the task at hand and not get tangled up with worry.

That may seem obvious, but I didn’t always think this way. I used to try to figure out everything at once. Or maybe I worried about everything simultaneously. And I was a mess.

Perhaps I didn’t show it on the outside, but on the inside my mind raced. It was very stressful.   

For the One Step At A Time method to work, I had a lot of background work to do first. And it was all about trust. 

We often hear about the Kingdom of God. What does this mean, and what does it have to do with our sometimes crazy existence?

One way to interpret the Kingdom is by its name. A kingdom is where people live, work, and socialize. Within any kingdom there is some kind of order.

And there is a King.   

So when I pray, thy Kingdom come, I could be praying for God’s order in my life. I pray that he establishes his time, space, and priorities for me.

This doesn’t make me a puppet. Like in any great play, the writer creates the script, but the actors bring it alive.

Every human life is unique and unrepeatable.  

But for me to accept one step at a time, I need to be sure.

It’s not just bringing order to your thoughts and actions. There’s a deeper order at work. It’s your soul seeking rest.

In my mind I might understand that I can only do one thing at a time. I can identify my limits, but this understanding might not give me peace.

So how do I accept my reality in my inner narrative?

Your innermost conversation with yourself might tell you things like, you’ve messed up before so you probably will again.

Or, remember when they let you down? They probably will again.

Or, remember all those bad experiences? Here comes another one.

So even if you know that everything does not go wrong all the time, you still worry, especially when things get overwhelming.

In that innermost place, your secret heart of hearts, that’s where the Spirit works — if you let him. It’s where the Kingdom of God begins.

It’s a place that tells you, rest child. Find rest in the Lord and not in others or situations, not even in yourself. None of those things will ever satisfy your soul.

Do not place the burden of your inner peace on their shoulders. Do not raise them up as gods.

They will let you down at times because they are human and imperfect. So are you. So be at peace with this reality.

Let God’s Spirit reveal to you a place of comfort for your worries. Open your heart, and behold the Kingdom of Heaven.

And what will you see when you seek the Kingdom? First, you will see the King.

So gaze upon him. He was crowned with thorns and raised up high upon the cross.

He is the King of kings against which all others shall be judged. But not for the sake of punishment, but instead to reveal the infinite mercy of God.

Stand firm upon this eternal promise. Move forward in synchrony with the Spirit of the Lord.

Accept every moment as part of a greater order, part of a heavenly Kingdom.

Seek the King’s presence. Trust. Believe.

And enter into a state of grace with your Creator.

One step at a time.

. . . . . . .

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

Matthew 6:33

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