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Moving a Mountain Requires Taking a First Step

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But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

I love Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” I feel for High School kids, especially right now. It is hard enough to plan one’s future without adding COVID-19 to the mix. It is sad the decisions we make while we are still teenagers can have lifelong implications. I had too many friends in high school who didn’t apply themselves and were left with fewer and fewer options as the iron mines shut down, and further education seemed too difficult to achieve.

At just about every stage of life, dreams can seem insurmountable. As our obligations mount, opportunities seem to pass us by. Rent/mortgage payments, children, etc., make it seem impossible to make any further sacrifices possible. What trips most people up is thinking too far ahead in life.  It is good to have dreams and goals, but without a step-by-step process, the dreams begin to feel like they are too far removed from our experience. Then we begin to make excuses and begin the process of giving up.

It was Confucius, some 2500 years ago, who said, “The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” The mountain does not come to you, we need to come to the mountain. Then, we don’t sit down and wait for the mountain to move itself. Moving the mountain requires thousands, or millions, of trips moving heavy rock. But if the mountain is important to move, and we remain diligent, it will begin to move. The more it moves, the more confident we become, and harder we work.

Today, prayerfully name the mountains you avoided, that left you with regret. Then, remember the mountains you moved, the difference it made in your life and in the life of others. Now, continue your prayer, asking for the Divine wisdom necessary to approach the right mountain this time around. What challenge will enhance your life and the lives of others? What will it take to get there? Name the dream and then set the long list of goals along the way. Finally, seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, so the mountain you wish to move is part of God’s divine plan for your life. When you do, your life will find meaning and fulfillment.