23rd January 2020

Step by Step

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:25 (NIV)

Back in 1972, a baby was born in west London who would go on to have a remarkable turnaround in life. He grew up in a relatively poor family in Acton and had a difficult childhood, eventually dropping out of school with no qualifications. He turned to alcohol and got involved in crime, stealing and joyriding any vehicle he could. Sadly he ultimately found himself in a very dark place with no hope in life – perching precariously on the edge of a bridge.

Yet something made this teenage lad take a step back from the brink, and eventually his brother persuaded him to go to the job centre. There he met the assistant he credits with changing his life. Explaining to her that he couldn’t see how he could ever achieve anything significant, she gave him what was probably the most important piece of advice he’d ever hear: “You don’t have to do everything all at once. Just take it step by step, one step at a time.”

That was the start of an incredible journey in his life. He decided to take a train to Scotland where he conquered his first mountain – the first time he began to believe he could actually achieve something. And having returned home he slowly started to look for work, eventually landing a job as a post boy for The Sunday Times newspaper. And the rest is history. Asked occasionally to help with researching stories, he soon proved his ability and rose through the ranks as an investigative journalist. Eventually this young man become an expert on terrorist groups, ultimately leaving the newspaper to write the first book on Al Qaeda, published in 1998. When three years later the twin towers in New York were destroyed on September 11th 2001, he was suddenly in demand from US TV news networks and his talent for television was spotted.

That young man was Simon Reeve, now a presenter of travel documentaries bringing adventure and challenging issues to millions and shown in 65 countries worldwide. He’s visited over 130 countries and experienced and achieved far more than anything he could have imagined.

What about us as Christians? We too of ourselves are insignificant. But God has plans to take us on the journey of a lifetime. It starts when we encounter Jesus, and he begins through the Holy Spirit to walk with us step by step. And as we keep in step with the Spirit every day, our journey will stay on track, and we too will ultimately experience something far more significant than we’ve ever dreamed of.

Prayer
Lord, thank you so much for coming into our lives and showing us the most significant journey of all. Help us to keep in step with the Holy Spirit as we live our lives every day and look forward to the hope of everything you promise. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Simon Williams
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About the Author:
Simon Williams is active in the Cambridge Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Cambridgeshire
Farcet Village Hall
Main Street
Farcet
Peterborough
PE7 3AN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm
Except on the first Saturday of each month 2:00 pm at Comberton, Cambridge

Comberton Village Hall
Green End
Comberton
CAMBRIDGE
CB23 7DY

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard Dempsey
Email: info@gracecom.church
Telephone: 01858 437099

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