We are familiar with the Chinese proverb…a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As I pondered upon this age long saying it occurred to me that sometimes, after we take that first step, we stop there expecting that first step to magically catapult us to the destination of the thousandth mile.
Really, that first step is actually unlocking the door into our destinies and what catapults us are those steady successive steps that follow. The ‘magical’ moment comes when we take the last step-the one that finally takes us across the finish line in the race of life.
As a matter of fact, both steps (the first and last) are very decisive in fulfilling our calling. If we do not take the first step, we will never start the journey at all. But even after taking that first step, we need to take the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, up until we cross the finish line.
What really stops many from continuing the race (whether they choose to run, walk or crawl- it’s up to each man according to his ability) is fear of the unknown of what lies ahead after they’ve taken to motion. Sometimes, it is the speed at which others overtake them that causes them to freeze and wonder if they are really meant for this race.
Like I mentioned earlier, everyone has been given a different ability as fits them. If you were wired to crawl, crawl with all your heart as fast as you can to get to the finish line. If you were wired to fly, soar like an eagle. If you have been wired to run, run like a stallion and if you are wired to walk, walk like a racewalker competing for the Olympic gold but have at the back of your mind that the common denominator is MOTION.
Let us stop comparing ourselves with other people. Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”
Our destinies are not the same (though our destination is). Let us focus on getting to the finish line without being disqualified. Yes, you can get disqualified when you leave your lane (your calling in life) to run on another person’s lane or when you choose to remain stagnant (refusing to move from where you are). Remember, at the end of it all, the ‘flier’ will not be judged based on what is expected from the ‘Crawler’. The flier will be judged based on what is expected from a flier. So you see, it is pointless and waste of destiny resources running the race of another. You couldn’t even succeed if you tried. All you will get is frustration and disqualification.
Crawlers, walkers, runners and fliers are all allowed in this race and the rule is simple: Run your race on your own lane at your best pace and God in His mercy will see you across the finish line.