So much is said about “going the extra mile”…and that’s a good thing. In fact, Jesus taught us to go the extra mile in service to others. But we often overlook the importance of going the first mile. Joggers know, when in training, it is not always the third or fourth mile that is the toughest; rather, it is the first mile! To just get started is sometimes the biggest, most difficult challenge.
How to you start our day? You probably have a whole list of things that need to be accomplished. Sometimes there is so much stuff to do we get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Other times we jump over some very important things knowing here are so many other things to get done. Start that first mile of the day quietly, spending a few moments just being with God and you will find the rest of the day is much easier to navigate.
Remember, whether you are training for a big road race or simply for the daily race of life, the extra mile doesn’t mean anything unless you faithfully go the first mile.