There is a Chinese Proverb which says, “Do not fear going forward slowly, fear only to stand still”. Begin where you are. But begin. Act. Move. Don’t just stay where you are.

It is amazing how much progress can be made just by keeping on keeping on. As Confucius said so many years ago, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. Back then that was about the only way one could get from point A to point B. Now we send up astronauts who can orbit the earth in ninety minutes. Still, even their journey to the moon must begin with one step as they walk to the launch pad.

We need to have our destination firmly fixed in our minds and then get moving, however slowly, toward it. So many people never get anywhere because they do not know where they want to go. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire cat which way she should go as she stood at the crossroads of several paths. The cat asks Alice where she wants to go, and when Alice says she doesn’t know,the cat’s answer is, “Then any way will do”.

As brothers and sisters of the Lord we need to have our destination firmly fixed in our minds: we want to be in the Kingdom of God more than anything else in all the world. If that is our goal, then each day we need to choose a path that will lead us there.

As we grow older, our steps may be slower and smaller, but just the same, we need to keep moving in the right direction.

At the end of each day we should look back to see if we have moved closer to the Lord or farther away. What did we do today that will have any lasting value? Did we do our readings? Did we call or visit someone who is sick? Our progress may be slow but by looking back over time we can see that we have moved even as the hour hand on our watch moves though we cannot see its movement.

It is painfully true that if we are not actively doing positive things for the Lord, then we are moving in the wrong direction. Watching people fall away from the Truth, sometimes very slowly, is very distressing. Usually the first sign that someone is losing his first love is the fact that he stops doing the daily Bible readings. We move toward the Lord when we read His word and away from Him when we don’t. Yet many will admit that some days they just don’t get around to it. Are we neglecting to get around to reading the Bible an entire day? If we are too busy to read the Bible, we are simply too busy.

There is no use telling God that we love Him if we ignore His love letter which He caused to be written for our learning and salvation. He knows whether or not we read His word, for David tells us He knows when we sit down and rise up, and Jesus told us He knows the number of hairs on our head, so He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Doing our daily Bible readings may seem like a very small step, but it is a step in the right direction. When we don’t read the Scriptures, we are taking steps in the wrong direction.

So when we wake up each morning, let us resolve that we are going to move forward toward the Kingdom of God. Let us keep God’s message in the forefront of our minds by faithfully reading His word daily. Our steps may be small and slow, but remember to just keep on moving steadily in the right direction: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way” (Psa 37:23).