A Weeping Christian: When Faith and Grief Collide

A blog by Kimberly Crumby

A baby step is better than no step at all…

So, as you may recall, my last post found me with an empty wall just waiting for the right desk to come along. You may not know this about me, but once I get some certain something in my head, I don’t rest until I find it. And not just anything will do- it has to come close (very close) to what I have in mind. Sometimes this is a flaw (like when something is good enough, but I just can’t bear good enough to the detriment of getting other things accomplished); it can also be a positive thing (when it really matters long-term). So, my next baby step was actually finding a desk. I posted a picture on Facebook of one I saw on Craigslist after it had sold and got several wonderful suggestions for places to look, follow on Facebook, etc. I looked at a few places Saturday, but nothing suited me… or I wouldn’t pay for it (another of my qualities- I can be pretty cheap- or frugal as I prefer to call it). I spotted a little sturdy, wooden desk on Craigslist yesterday…for a great price… that looked not-to-hard to refinish. My very patient husband took me out to the boondocks last night to pick it up… and I don’t use the word “boondocks” lightly. I’m talking driving between a herd of cows boondocks. So, I have my desk… and now I just have to figure out how to refinish it to make it the vision of cuteness I have in my mind. We shall see about that. I was going to show you a picture, but I can’t seem to make that work tonight.

***Update: I’m back with my picture!

I ran across this tidbit in an e-mail that I got as a result of one of my educator subscriptions. I immediately thought of how it applies to all of us who have goals/dreams… how easy it is to get stuck or overwhelmed and just languish there… or how we are so prone to compare ourselves to others whose journeys are different than ours will ever be. Hope it is an encouragement to you…

Diana Scharf Hunt
This is the time of renewal, with many of us setting goals for the coming weeks and months. In the past year, I picked up two mantras from a fitness retreat that I say to myself nearly every day as I consider my goals and whether I’m moving forward or not:
Something is better than nothing; and
My pace is the right pace for me.
What often stops me from meeting a goal is an unrealistic expectation (which usually seemed perfected realistic when I set the goal). Now when I work on a goal and feel like I am coming up short, I ask myself, “Is there something I could do, however small, to make progress today?” Because something is always better than nothing.
I’m also learning to be kind to myself when I look at progress. I like this advice from Jon Acuff: Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. There will always be someone who is faster, better, stronger, or who started the process months ago. They are working at their pace; I am working at mine.
(Me again) If you are realizing that you have one or more God-sized dreams, please visit Holley Gerth’s site- she has some amazing resources there. You will find the link on the right of this page. Sweet dreams to you all!

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4 thoughts on “A baby step is better than no step at all…

  • Sarah says:

    So glad you found your desk Kimberly! :) I read both of your God-sized dream posts, can’t wait to keep reading about your special writing place and how God is going to use you. You are so right, these dreams only come from God and can only be accomplished through and with God. Praying for you as you keep working on your God-sized dream(s).

    • Thank you, Sarah! Now I just have to figure out how to refinish it… I have lots of sites pinned on Pinterest- now just have to find time to read them… get the stuff… actually do it. Hopefully it won’t take a year! :) Thanks for your prayers- such a blessing.

  • Jenny says:

    OH, I love those mantras! Very appropriate for things I’ve been thinking about lately… including laundry and scrapbooking. Yeah, I know, really serious stuff! 😉 I hope you love your desk! Can’t wait to see its makeover!

    • I just hope I don’t totally mess it up… I don’t think James would do another trip to the wildnerness for another cheap Craigslist desk! Oh, and then there’s the issue of the chair…but that can come later. :)