Life’s Stepping Stones

From the time when we’re born till we die there are things in life we and learn to do to shape us. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not, these make life an adventure and are also seen as a stepping stone in life. At a certain point when we’re babies we learn to eat, crawl, walk, talk and play. When you’re a kid you go to school for the first time or starting a new grade, you learn to ride a bike, learn to read and write, difference between a clean and messy room, what you can do and what not to do, and the art of punishment.

When you get to your teen years you head into junior high/ highschool and face the challenges it brings there as well as the good times. Some other stepping stones that could be in your life if you choose them are getting a job, college/university, learning to drive, getting a car and understanding things that go along with that, graduating school, moving out, some get married and start a family. As you get older you’ll see many things in life that can become a stepping stone. Some are more extreme than others, some are happy ones and some are not, but they help us learn and grow in our daily lives. 

At some point in our lives some people choose to be saved and walk the Christian walk. That’s another big and most important stepping stone in life. When we become a Christian we are born again in the spirit and we begin our journey with Jesus. We go to church, attend bible studies or youth groups, Christian events, even the things we read and listen to that will help us grow our relationship with God, if it’s of course a good influence eg. the Bible, Christian music, the right church. Sometimes another huge stepping stone in life mostly for Christians is telling someone else about God. 

Sometimes it can be easy and sometimes it can be hard. He always answers us and guides us, and sometime when we go through things that are hard in life and in our Christian walk it build us up and helps us grow. It’s not always going to be perfect all the time, sometimes we fall and sin, but we know we can be forgiven for our faults when we ask. It dosn't mean we are to live rotten all week, but if we mess up we know we can ask fogivness, and ask God to help us. Having a relationship with God helps us to trust in Him and have hope that the things we do in life we would consider Him to help us get through the day. 

Psalms 37:23-24 says this  

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
      He delights in every detail of their lives.
 24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
      for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Jesus had many stepping stones and adventures in His life here on Earth as well. He learned to walk and talk, he faced challenges every day. Such as going without food or in the desert for 40 days and nights, He was challenged to be tempted by the devil to eat and forget spending time with God. 

Matthew 4:1-4  

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 
 3 During that time the devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 
 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, 
   ‘People do not live by bread alone,
      but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

    Jesus even had challenges in spreading the message too as he got older. Sometimes our stepping stones can be hard, Jesus had it even harder when He had to be arrested and beaten and crucified. Sacrificing Himself for us was I would think is a huge stepping stone for Him. I’m sure there were times Jesus wondered why He had to go through some of the hardest times in His life.I think Jesus himself had asked and prayed to His Father God why even though He knew that He had to. Through all of it God was with Him and He is with us too like the story Footprints in The Sand that comes to mind. As we make stepping stones and paths in life, hopefully we make them with Him as we make them with our friends and family. 

Proverbs 3:5-7

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
      do not depend on your own understanding.
 6 Seek his will in all you do,
      and he will show you which path to take. 
 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
      Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.



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