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Taking baby steps together

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in blog links, discipleship | 1 comment

On his blog this morning (Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:47 am), Dave Black talked about some of the lessons that he’s learned during the past year while dealing with his daughter-in-law’s difficult labor and delivery, his hospitalization for malaria, and his wife’s cancer diagnosis. He calls these “baby steps”:

  • I’ve learned that I cannot control my life.
  • I’ve learned that the world is too uncertain a place to count on it.
  • I’ve learned that life must always reflect God’s character.
  • I’ve learned that I can’t wait for wounds to heal before I serve God with abandon.
  • I’ve learned that cold dogmatism has no place in Christianity.
  • I’ve learned that the goal of life is to love God and serve Him by loving others.

I wonder if it’s possible to learn to take these “baby steps” together, or if they can only be learned (and lived out) through the crucible of struggle and trials…

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  1. 1-29-2010


    I certainly identify with your quote of what Dave has written. After almost a lifetime as a follower of Christ, most of that as a, so-called “pastor”, I’m still stumbling along with those baby steps.

    One must ask the question, what went wrong? Why are people my age learning that they have been “systematized” instead of having to learn” through the crucible of struggle and trials…”?