Sunday Inspiration: Taking One Step at a Time
Living a Life of Faith in God’s Direction for My Future
by Joanne Troppello
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – Thomas Aquinas
According to Dictionary.com, faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something – or a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”
As a Christian, I am living everyday by faith. I don’t have all the answers, but I know God does. I know He has a plan for my life, and I want to be obedient to trust Him as my guiding light.
Yes, I falter. I don’t always make the right decisions in line with His will for my life. However, just like you, I am not perfect. No one here on earth is perfect. Yet, God still sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross to bridge the divide between us and Him due to sin. By faith, we accept that gracious gift of salvation.
Taking One Day at a Time
More and more, I feel like taking one day at a time is the story of my life. Yet, I feel like God wants us to be in that exact spot in our lives—so you and I can experience the most spiritual growth.
When we are one step behind God or one step ahead, we’re not inline with the right spot where He can maximize His power in our lives. Believe me, I have been behind His plans and way ahead of them. Both have brought about mistakes in my life and have caused me to make the wrong choices.
I’ve been listening to a series posted on Andy Stanley’s YouTube channel about prayer and staying in step with God’s will for your life. His message is so in tune with God’s Word—and exactly where I’ve been hanging out lately – taking one step at a time.
It’s not always easy to remain patient as you wait for God to open the right doors for you. However, I have learned that there is a golden opportunity for us in the waiting times. That’s where we can find unexpected blessings as we spend more time with the Lord and get to know Him better.
Spiritual growth happens in the waiting times, if you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart, mind, and spirit.
Believing in God’s plan for your life takes faith. It takes a deep desire to lay down your own will and pick up God’s will. This is a life lesson that I am still learning. And that’s okay. You and I are all a work in progress.
The problems come into play in your life when you stop the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in your life. That can happen when you allow sin to take over. Maybe you didn’t follow the direct step that God asked you to take. You might have made a life decision that was not inline with God’s will for your life.
I’m in the same boat in life as you. I’ve fit into all of those categories at one point or another in my life. Yet, God’s grace is so special. It doesn’t give you or me a license to sin, but it does give us a second and third and fourth chance…and so on.
God knows we are all imperfect. He is perfect. He is perfecting His Will and nature in our lives each day—when we surrender our own will to Him.
Therefore, I am in the taking one step at a time mode in my life right now. I don’t want to get off track again. I recently got back on track. I know I’ll fall off the track again, but by taking baby steps each day, I know I am closer to following God’s guiding light, than if I speed through life and pass Him by.
How do you feel about taking one step at a time in your Christian walk?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.