We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

One Step at a Time

When problems seem overwhelming, the solution begins one step at a time.

Rosemarie Jeanpierre faced a HUGE problem–she was more than 100 pounds overweight. This hard-working nurse should have known better; she was well-aware of the health risks related to obesity–but it wasn’t until her own test results revealed borderline diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol that she knew her lifestyle had to change.

But Rosemarie’s transformation didn’t begin with her medical training, a new diet, or an exercise program–the first step was faith. “God, I want to live,” she prayed. “Show me how to change.”

Slowly, one step at a time, Rosemarie exchanged her bad lifestyle habits for healthier ones. Instead of visiting her favorite fast-food restaurants, she started packing her lunches and carefully counted calories. Instead of spending evenings watching the TV, she started walking and soon was jogging around the block. And despite many temptations to quit, she fought back by journaling, listening to the encouragement of her husband, and praying.

Today Rosemarie is still stepping out in faith–by competing in marathons several times a year. She can hardly believe it herself! But then she remembers: “I asked God to help me change, and He showed me that when we believe in him–and in our ourselves–anything is possible.”

As Philippians 4:13 reminds us: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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