Recently, I’ve had the privilege to get out and speak to audiences around the country on behalf of the American Heart Association to help promote stroke awareness. Since having my own strokes in 2007, I’ve learned that no matter what I’m doing things truly work out best for me if I am willing to take it “one step at a time.”
Like many of you, I had to learn to walk all over again as I began to recover from my strokes. That wasn’t easy. I had to learn to balance myself, stand firmly, and put one foot in front of the other. There was a time when I would have said that anything we do can be accomplished one step at a time. The thing is, that when I use that phrase now, there is nothing glib about it. I know what it means to have every step take effort and to wonder after a failed step whether there would ever be another one. I’ve learned that everything in this life is a step-by-step process and we do the best when we follow that course. We can’t try to run before we can walk.
When I first started speaking to groups, I will admit that I was not particularly confident. It is one thing for me to stand in front of a group as a businessman or an entrepreneur. I’m on solid ground when I do that. Now though, I am on new ground, standing in front of people and sharing a personal story, and it’s a story that I share with the desire that those who hear it will be inspired, have more hope and know that God is with them every step of the way. I can walk into this role more easily each time I share the story now. It’s a learning process that I choose to embrace step by step.
You may not be ready for that first step that will lead you to the next one and that’s okay. You may feel somewhat uncertain about what is required for you to recover and move forward. Let me then remind you of this one thing. God sees you, and He’s with you and He will provide the people and the support and the foundation you need to make it “one step at a time.” May He strengthen and renew your spirits every step of the way today.
God, I must keep my promises to you.
I will give you my offerings to thank you,
because you have saved me from death.
You have kept me from being defeated.
So I will walk with God
in light among the living.
Psalm 56:12-13, NCV