“Take a baby step and make it the biggest step you can take,” our retreat leader Tony said as twelve of us listened. “God wants what’s best for us. He wants us to be happy. So, the Creator invites us to go deeper in our relationship with him so we can experience more inner peace, purpose, and divine guidance. Our job is to discover where and how God is leading us and then say yes to the invitation—even if it feels scary or uncertain.”
Tony’s words, “Take a baby step and make it the biggest step you can take,” echoed in my heart.
“Our lives are made up of a series of baby steps, big and small. Some steps include choosing to get out of bed in the morning; practicing gratitude; joining an exercise class; or beginning a daily meditation practice. Other steps include forgiving someone who’s wronged us, changing careers, or learning new pathways to connect with our true selves and God.”
Tony said that each baby step we take moves us forward in our lives. It increases our ability to take more risks and stretch ourselves so we can learn and grow. If we don’t keep taking baby steps, we stagnate and lose hope. Our lives wither like dry, brittle bones.
Over time, our trust in the results of the baby steps we’ve taken increases our ability to take larger steps as we continue to say yes to the life-giving nudges God places on our paths.
Like Mother Teresa, who left a safe ministry as a schoolteacher to serve dying men and women in the streets of Calcutta, when we take daily baby steps they combine to increase our faith in ourselves and God so we can plunge head-first into new pathways and new ways of living. Taking the biggest baby step we can take in each season of our lives lets us hear the call to live the life we imagine as we co-create with God in our own unique ways.
Baby Steps Become Leaps of Faith
After the retreat, Tony’s invitation to take baby steps led me to begin a daily meditation practice. This practice opened my heart to listen and to take even more risks as I heard God’s silent whispers while sipping coffee with the Creator during morning quiet time.
Over time, I heard the call to leave my full-time practice as an attorney and use my gifts of writing and teaching to walk alongside others on their spiritual journey. I pursued the course work I needed to become a certified spiritual director and obtained a masters in pastoral counseling.
The biggest baby step I’ve taken recently is to launch a 7-week online course that starts March 28. It’s called Living in “Divine Flow”—Reclaim Inner Peace and Balance So You Can Live Your Best Life.
This course is my leap of faith to teach others what I’ve learned over the past thirty years, both in my personal life and as a spiritual director/pastoral counselor. Perhaps taking the course is a life-giving baby step for you. If you haven’t already registered, you can learn more about it and enroll by clicking on the button below:
I never got that kiss with Teresa. But as I reflect on that long-ago night, I realize Sister Carmella shared two pieces of wisdom I’ll never forget: to leave room for Jesus and the healing power of a smile.
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