Witnessing our baby’s first steps is such a huge moment in a parent’s life. You see those wobbly little legs jibbing and jabbing all over, the furrowed brows over the chubby face full of concentration, that poor little brain in overdrive trying to reign in the jerky movements to accomplish the seemingly simple task of taking that first load-bearing step. That tiny fist clenched around your one finger almost begs you to walk alongside, to not let go. As the parent, the letting go becomes a necessity to allow your children to grow, to learn, to develop into the persons they will become, although that act alone can tear your heart in two while simultaneously filling it to overflowing with joy and pride in your offspring. The letting go is not the part I want to focus on now, but rather the first steps.

You see many Christians, as God’s children, are all too satisfied to remain on our backsides, or only crawl when instead we could run. We hit the milestone of turning over, of saying the salvation prayer and turning our lives over to Christ, but that’s where our progress ends. Our tummy’s become so rough and raw by the end of it, that many often turn right back over, giving up.

Have you tried crawling instead of walking? Try it sometime (if you’re brave enough!)  Take a walk around the block, but instead crawl. Not only is it more taxing on your joints, your skin, your muscles, your whole body, but it takes more time and energy to accomplish the task.  Such is it in the Christian “walk” for those who are satisfied at salvation.  You know and see that there is more for life to offer, but the everyday shuffle has you so worn out you have no energy or will to give to God. God has SO much more in store for us – He wants us to RUN, not just crawl!

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,…”   Hebrews 12:1

There are at least three other verses in the New Testament alone that mentions our lives, our walk with God as a race: 
Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24, and 2 Timothy 4:7.  Who races on their hands and knees?

I think God is looking at our tiny fists holding tightly to His finger, urging us to take our first steps; to step out to develop a deeper faith in Him, to grow in our understanding of His love and purpose for us, to learn how to not only walk, but to run with joy into His waiting arms at the end of the race.

I watch my now 20-month old daughter run, and everything about her movements express pure joy. Her arms start pumping, her legs move so fast she positively bounces, and her face…. On her face in the biggest, toothiest grin. That’s what God wants for us, His children. To run with unabashed joy and giddiness, wrapped in His love and purpose as we go. Are you ready to take your first step?

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    Hello! Thank you for stopping by - make yourself at home! My name is Jessica. I am a single mom with a full time job, a writer's heart, and about the biggest procrastinator you will ever meet.  Sarcasm is my second language, I am a practical hopeless romantic, and I have a passion for helping other single moms learn about God's love and desire for their lives. If you are a single mom, you are in the right place! If you're not, you're still in the right place! Kick off your shoes, put up your feet, and at the very least, get a good laugh at my well-meaning attempt at writing! 


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