One Thousand Miles

20 10 2010

Well, I did it. Ten months, three pairs of shoes, and lots of early mornings finally added up to one New Year’s resolution crossed off the list.  At the beginning of this year, I decided to take the old saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” literally. I made a commitment to walk one thousand miles in one year. A big goal met by taking one step at a time.

Starting on that cold January day, the finish line seemed very far away. Daunting, in fact. It was going to require a consistency and commitment that I wasn’t sure I could muster. So I decided to focus on the single step part of the goal. And sure enough, one step at a time, morning after morning, led to one hundred miles, then five hundred miles, and then finally there was one step that pushed me over the one thousand mile mark.

Interestingly, with each step I got stronger, more confident, and more focused. There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed. Times when I wasn’t sure I could do it. Sore muscles, cold temperatures, high humidity, and attacking dogs all threatened my journey. There were heartbreaks on the way, but also lots of beautiful sunrises, a growing appreciation of how the quiet of the morning can still my heart, and a deepening awareness of God walking beside me.

The Jesus Resolution is a lot like my walking resolution. It is a one-step-at-a-time walk. It requires surrendering a little bit more every day. Taking one more step. Making the decision to walk the second mile. Being willing to give Him one more piece of my heart.

My Jesus Resolution today is to keep walking. With each step on this journey, He promises to walk with me. He is the one doing the transforming work in my heart. It is His power shaping me, molding me, cleansing me, and conforming me into the image of His Son. He calls me to daily open my heart to His presence, yield to His sovereignty, and explore the treasures He has in store for me. Some days are hard. Some days He gives me a glimpse of His beauty. The important thing is to walk with Him one step at a time.


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20 10 2010
Renee

Congratulations Casandra! What a wonderful and inspiring accomplishment!

You post makes me think of the song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. I’ve never thought about it before today in relation to our walk with God. I went online and found the lyrics and they make sense in everyway, even the part about getting drunk. No matter where we go in life and what we do, God is always with us, either by our side or carrying us. And wherever we walk and whatever we do, we should always do it for God. Thank you for the inspiration and new way to think.

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