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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: A Journey of a Thousand Miles .. Ta da!
By Carolyn Ancell


What in your life have you always wanted to do, but told yourself it is "too difficult" or "too big," it would take "too much time," or it is "too late"? Take heart! Your dream is only a single step away.

Bobo is the bear in the faith-based comic strip created by Tom Spurgeon and Dan Wright called WILDWOOD. In one strip, Bobo stands on his hind legs, looking down at his toes, and says to himself, "Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." He steps forward on his right foot, brings his left up to it, lifts his front paws high in the air, and jubilantly shouts, "Ta da!"

Let's say your dream is to learn Spanish. You can get a Spanish-English dictionary, and learn one word -- just one -- each day. At the end of a year, you will know 365 words. Ta da!

Let's say you would like to lose a little weight. You could decide that the first step toward that goal is to not eat your usual cookie-before-bed at night. The first morning you wake up after no-cookie-the-night-before, you might feel a small but significant Ta da! The 10th, 100th, and 365th time you wake up after no-cookie-the-night-before will certainly be cause for a great TA DA!

Let's say you have an idea for an article or a book. So many words. How will you wrap your mind around them all? The article you are now reading began with a single word. It required the author to sit down with pen and paper, and try out possibilities, over and over again. Ta da!

A challenging piece on a musical instrument will require you to practice it. Over and over again, perhaps for a long time. But eventually ... Ta da!

Let's say you would like to learn to "pray without ceasing" (I Thessalonians 5:7, Ephesians 6:18). The anonymous writer of the Christian classic, THE WAY OF THE PILGRIM, explains one way to tackle that hope is by praying the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me," not once, but over and over again, continuously, until it becomes an uninterrupted call on the name of the Lord, a plea for his presence and blessing at every moment, even in sleep.

At first, you might be easily distracted from calling on the name of Jesus, even tempted to give up this repeated cry of faith. But if you will just begin. And then begin again, and again, one day you will awake with the name of Jesus on your lips, and the knowledge that your heart has been praying without pause through the night. Deo gratias! TA DA!

A journey -- be it to learn a language, lose a few pounds, or draw closer to God -- begins with a single step. Take that step now.

Ta da!

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Fiona Stevenson01/31/13
How entirely true - great encouragement - Ta da! God bless you.
C D Swanson 01/31/13
Loved this! Great job with the topic and wonderful message tied up in this lovely entry.

God bless~
Alicia Renkema02/01/13
This one hit me where I live and breathe tonight. I was actually trying to decide which story to read before bed time and as soon as I saw your title, I knew... I feel like I am on a journey of 1,000 miles right now, I am struggling with feeling like I am loosing this battle with so many discouraging things going on in my life... Thank you for "picking me up" and "dusting me off" with this very light hearted yet serious piece about how "one small step" can be a "giant leap for man kind." Well, maybe not mankind exactly, but at least being able to be used by God to one's full potential. Your story made me feel peace and a hopefulness combined with God's special brand of warmth, all at the same time. Thank you for giving this weary girl exactly what she needed, her own "Ta da" moment to get her started!
Joe Moreland02/01/13
This is one of those great pieces that comes along every once in a while to remind you of something you should already know, but, somehow, always seems so profoundly revelatory in the moment. As it is for me now. Thanks for sharing it with us!