I think we undervalue the first step. We have 5 year plans, strategic plans, mission statements, vision nights and other whiz bang ideas to help create the ideal future. Sadly, these wads of paper and ideas typically stay on the wall or in the filing cabinet. They are mostly a waste of time.
This evening over dinner wifey was sharing with me how her morning craft with Muffin turned into something way more exciting than she initially thought. We’ve been focusing on the Easter story and today Wifey had no idea what they were going to do. Normally she’s super organised, but the cool outside weather threw her off.
An idea she saw on Playschool sprang to mind, and with that little spark, she was off.
Together they began drawing a shape, sticking on bits of paper and creating an easter egg collage. The curiosity of Muffin turned the conversation toward the real meaning of easter, which was the opening for Wifey to share more about the resurrection and the freedom we have in Jesus.
The outcome was amazing, but the step out in the beginning was critical.
I think most of the time, our plans can be pretty sterile. So often we search for surety that the direction we are heading is the right one. Or we blame our lack of movement on God, claiming “is God really calling us to go this way?”.
I don’t think our future works like that. I don’t think we can fully understand or predict the way the future will unfold, and sometimes it’s pointless to do so.
But most of the time, our infatuation with planning stops us from simply starting.
This year (kicked into gear by my Epic Writing Quest) I’m learning to just start, and see what happens. And I’m finding, the first step out of the boat and into the unknown is often the easiest. Sure, it can be tough, but without it, we are just a bundled up mess of ideas that becomes frustrated because none of them ever amount to anything.
Overthinking cripples us, and we never move to action. This is the sad reality of many people.
I can’t count the number of ideas I never started, simply through fear or lack of courage to make the jump. Without the first step, every other step is meaningless. I know that sounds obvious and kitsch, but it’s true.
Instead of determining the final outcome of your new health regime, just jump and make it up on the fly.
Instead of determining if there is a market for your new product, just build it and share it and see what happens.
Instead of launching the viability of a new mission project, just love and get to know your neighbours.
Instead of wondering if you have what it takes to make a change and do something crazy, step out, start, and see what happens.
Determine within yourself to quit the procrastination and just do something different to break the status quo in your life. Life is to short to worry about the five-year outcome of what you’re thinking, so just go for it.
Many a successful man and woman had no plan, but took a leap of faith and made shit up on the run.
You can do that too.