104. That First Step

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read entries 1-103, don’t hesitate doing that because Stan has some insight that may help you.  All of the entries can be found at the following website:  https://www.waiting4thetrain.com/.  Also, feel free to forward this email to everyone you think would be interested in reading this blog.

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“My wife and I,” Stan began, “had Chinese food last night over at that new restaurant on Elm Street.”

“Good?” I asked.

“Great food and a great fortune cookie to focus on.”

“What did it say?”

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

“That’s a good one,” I said.

“Can be good and can be bad,” Stan replied.  “Depends on the direction of that first step.”

“Too often,” he continued, “I have taken a single step in the wrong direction, down a path I should never have started.”

“At one point, we had a pastor who was very fond of quoting what Ravi Zaccharias had to say about starting down the path of sin.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

“In other words,” Stan concluded, “I have to always measure very carefully the potential consequences of the decisions I make.  I must be mindful of which way I am headed when I take that first step.”

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Lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.  Hebrews 12:1.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how easily I am entangled by sin by heading down the wrong path in the wrong direction.  The impact of my going in the wrong direction is clear in my relationship with you and with others.  I need and I ask for your continual help in not taking the first step in any direction that does not involve following you.  Thank you that I can come before you and pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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