Baby Steps

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Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I had my physical therapy again today.  I'm slowly coming to recognize that there is only a certain amount of exercise I can tolerate before my body rebels.  And it's not a lot.  

I guess I could get discouraged.  Yet I have this wonderfully encouraging therapist who understands just how weak my body is.

"You can't compare yourself to others.  See that guy out there walking on the sidewalk?  If you tried to compare yourself to him, you'd feel miserable about yourself.  You have to tune in to your own body.

"You need to keep up the exercises - even if they are simple ones that you don't think will help.  Don't think in terms of being better tomorrow.  Think in terms of being a bit better in six months.  Just don't give up.  Keep trying."

Those were words I needed to hear.  I am realizing that this year I am able to get my coat on by myself.  Last year my arms and chest hurt to badly to do that.

For that guy on the street?  Being able to put on a coat would mean little, if nothing, to him.  For me it's huge.

I have to realize this is a baby step thing.

I need to tune into the spiritual baby steps I am taking.

I guess somehow I thought that once I started reading my Bible more, memorizing verses, have a more consistent prayer life - there would be a dramatic difference in my life.

Perhaps it has worked that way for some.  What I notice are the little differences.

It is easier to find things I am grateful for.

I occasionally remember 100% of a verse I have memorized.

I feel close to God and tend to look to Him more often.

Baby steps.

But six months from now?  In six months, I'll have almost completed my read through of the Bible - a few chapters at a time.  

Baby steps.

In six months, I may have more Scripture hidden in my heart than I do right now.

If I keep taking those baby steps.

I know I will feel closer to God than I am now, if I continue my morning time with Him.

Baby steps.

It's interesting how often my spiritual life parallels my physical life.

It's also interesting that I need to remember not to compare myself to anyone else in either realm.

No matter where I begin to compare myself, I lose because I so often do not measure up.  I feel I am failing, and I give up.

Either that, or I start to feel "better than" which is a sure way for me to have a rude awakening.

I'm not sure my therapist realizes just how much he is helping me in all aspects of my life.

I am sure that God is leading and guiding this path.

Even if I am only taking one baby step at a time.

Father God, Thank you for the helpers you put in our lives.  Thank you for the doctors and nurses who do listen.  For the therapists who understand.  For everyone who makes each baby step along the way a bit easier - and encourages us to keep on keeping on.  May we bless them as much as they bless us.  I pray they will be able to see our faith in You shining through the pain.  Amen and amen.

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