The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
No step is more difficult than the first one. With so many miles and so much hard work between start and finish, it is easy to get discouraged from even starting… or get encouraged to quit quickly.
“whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing”. (James 1:2-4)
Now I don’t know about facing trials and calling them ‘joy’, but there is some wisdom in these words. We know from experience that endurance comes from overcoming resistance and going the distance. If we want to succeed, if we want to grow, if we want to improve, then we have to begin with a single step…
and be committed to a thousand miles!