Next Step—Now. Destination—Later.

Tuesday, April 1

4-1By Beryl Swain of Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Sustain each other in peace, and ye shall be blessed with my Spirit, in comforting and strengthening you for my work.

—Doctrine and Covenants 117:13

While on holiday, I decided to take a walk alone. I delighted in the beautiful scenery, but the return trip was up a steep hill. I didn’t remember the hill being so steep on my outward journey. By now the walk nearly had depleted my energy.

I looked at the summit and groaned. “Oh, help. I’ll never make it. It’s so far to the top.” My view of the far-off destination overwhelmed me. Then it occurred to me to let go of the “far-off” destination, so I could manage the journey. I gave my eyes a rest from that seemingly impossible peak and looked only at the ground immediately before me. It worked! By taking one step at a time and looking only at what was right in front of me, I reached the top in comparative ease.

I think of that experience sometimes, when the problems of life seem insurmountable. By taking only one step at a time—living only one day at a time—and leaving the outcome to God, the journey no longer overwhelms me. Then, when I gather strength, I can look to the destination with hope for a journey completed.

Prayer for Peace
Encourage us, God, to let go of views that make life difficult. We lay our journey at your feet. We trust in you to challenge us with what we can—with faith—accomplish each day, each step of the way. Help us share Christ’s peace on our journey, one step at a time.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer. Ask God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the Spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Peace is a manageable destination. Let it begin with the next step I take.

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3 Comments

  1. Susan Gregory

     /  22 April 2014

    What excellent advice – so easy to give up or feel discouraged when all we need to do is take one more step, one more step …

  2. Linda McGeary

     /  5 April 2014

    Just thinking of our meeting tomorrow. Reading the first chapter of Boundaries over again. Looking forward to our meeting at 4:00 at the Bookmark.

    Linda

  3. Vera Entwistle

     /  1 April 2014

    Hello Beryl from beautiful Oregon, USA, I enjoyed your Daily Bread today. Love and best wishes from Brian and I.
    Vera

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