Little Steps

January 12, 2021
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When we sit at our tables awaiting our meals in the residence in which I live, the servers come to their assigned tables and inquire what we wish to eat. Lately, they have been coming with iPads, showing pictures of the options and allowing individual choices. The choice is entered and the server then moves on to the next table where the procedure is repeated. Sometimes, when my server has barely reached the kitchen, another server has already arrived at my table with my order.

Intrigued, I inquired how this could happen. A supervisor explained that when my order is entered into the iPad, it appears on a screen in the kitchen for preparation. If my server is still occupied at the time my meal is ready, another server who is not busy automatically picks up the meal and delivers it to the correct table.

It can be considered a little step of progress, but it has a positive impact on the recipients, who are pleased to be served so quickly.

In a different type of progress, four of my great-grandsons turned one in 2020. I have enjoyed pictures of them taking their first little steps and developing into regular walkers.

While taking little steps is inevitable for them, it is important that the steps taken are moving in the right direction.

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (ESV)

It is my prayer that my grandchildren, and indeed all parents that have responsibility to raise young children, follow this instruction.

Most of us make big advances by taking little steps throughout life. I am intrigued by the fact that God has designed humanity to function together taking little steps.

Isaiah 28:10 – For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. (ESV)

Generally, to do His will it is only necessary to take small steps. We don't have to be a John Knox or a Billy Graham to make a difference in our own spiritual life or in the lives of those around us — a little time spent in prayer, a little time spent reading God's Word.

Matthew 22:37-39 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (ESV)

I know that I can't do great things. But I am challenged to take little steps to make a difference by growing closer to God and by helping others to do so, too.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to follow the great commandments given to us by Jesus. Show us opportunities by which we can take little steps to be kind to others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for this.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Vince


    Vincent, thank you for sharing this uplifting devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thank you for your devotional and encouragement to take those little steps to encourage and witness. It appears that you are in a retirement village and probably have a few years of experience.


    Thanks for your kindness in sharing your meditations each month. We thoroughly enjoy them and look forward to receiving the same.
    All the best in 2021. His promises are sure! God bless.


    Once more, thank you, Vincent, for your devotional. Four great-grandsons… what a blessing. We are expecting our first this year and most hopeful COVID will be behind us and we can see him.
    (Texas)


    Dear Vincent, I once again enjoyed your devotional. I always look forward to all the ones you write. You are a Blessing to all of us who read them.
    Take care, stay safe, healthy, and happy.
    Blessings to you.
    (On.)


    Dear Vincent, What a kind and easily understood message! Thank you. I will keep it and reread it for a bit.
    I was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and am very shaken up by this diagnosis. How to go forward, to keep active as though all is well, to not feel angry. I will read your message and pray that somehow, I can cope.


    Good afternoon Mr. Walters, thank you for your observations. After losing my husband, sometimes I feel like I’m wobbling instead of moving forward. Watching my grandson learning to maneuver in his new world is more of what I’m doing. Trying to figure out how to walk without my husband.
    Hope your day is blessed.


    Hello Vince,
    Thank you for another very good devotional today. Yes, little steps in our Christian life can lead to major developments and great satisfaction in our lives. I appreciated that you reflected on Matthew 22 scripture of the great commandments as I feel following the advice of those words is crucial for us to adhere to in our daily lives.
    Blessings.


    Good morning
    Thank you for this and what came to me when I read: ”I know I can’t do great things.” Something came to me… You do great things just by walking into a room because you carry the love of God with you, you show the love of God and people may not say anything but they can sense that God is all around you.
    Have a great day.
    God bless.


    The hard part is not to take steps backward.


    I love the “little steps” analogy of today’s devotional. Anything new requires “little steps” and all great things began with “little steps”. Thanks once more for an excellent devotional.
    Keep writing, please.


    Vincent,
    Thank you for the Little Steps reminder.
    Our very much-loved Dog died the other day.
    It wasn’t easy to face my fears and go out for a Walk alone — without him.
    Thankfully, Scripture kept coming to my mind — I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength… and I was able to dry my tears and put one foot in front of the other.
    I know the Lord is always with me. I am never alone.
    The timing was also so perfect. When I reached the end of our Driveway, I was able to join in the Walk of my two Neighbors.
    God really has a way of meeting every need.
    Blessings to you.


    Dear Vincent,
    Your devotional is inspiring us because it reminds us that all the little steps, we take each day make the world a better place – like smiling at the people we see on the street or saying “have a good day” or phoning someone you know who lives alone, or sending a donation to a food bank, and the list is endless. We all need reminders that these little things can make a big difference to others. I heard today on the news that some of the people at North York library have been phoning seniors who used the library, and the seniors are really grateful for this. Thanks for sharing about the new technology in your home which makes a difference to the residence. It is amazing how technology can help improve communication. It is like the chance to video chat and see your great grandsons learning to walk. Blessings.

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