A Single Step

For about a week I was bouncing back and forth between four different books. I wanted to read but nothing was grabbing my attention. I would read a few pages of one book and then put it down. A few hours later I would find the pages to a different book opened in front of me. But again that wouldn’t last long. Nothing I was reading was drawing me in.

One morning as I was flipping through my choices on the kindle I saw a book called Breaking Free by Chett Vosloo. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover but I’ll be honest….the cover drew me in.


I quickly flipped through the table of contents and acknowledgements and came to a page with lots of white space. There was just a single quote lying on the page to be read.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

-Lao Tzu-

I hadn’t even made it to the introduction and my mind was racing at the thought of this one line. Wherever you are Lao, thank you!

I’ve thought probably a bazillion (yes, a bazillion) times that what I am doing is scary. Who decides to just jump on a plane and fly literally half way around the world to figure out a way to help street kids?

But then kind ol’ Lao helped shed his light on things. Without that single step, that first movement of the feet, the long journey will never begin. Without the first leap off the cliff trusting that God will take care of everything, I miss out on watching him provide. Without just going for it I fail to show God that I have the utmost faith in him planning out the journey, step by step.


But here’s the really cool part. My journey of a thousand miles isn’t anything special. It’s not more extraordinary than your journey of a thousand miles. It’s not harder than your trek. It’s not more inspiring, amazing, remarkable or inspirational than any path you choose.

I’ve just chosen to take that first step. Now it’s your turn!

Whatever it is you want to do with your life you can. All it takes is that first step. The single most important first step.

What are you waiting on? What is keeping you from taking that single step? 

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  1. Love this!! I have been thinking about this a lot lately as I approach graduation on Friday. It’s definitely been an emotional process– the “not knowing” what the next step will be. But I am excited to take a leap of faith & see what God has in store for me. I love that even though you are halfway around the world– we share similar thoughts. Love you Chum!!

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