For almost my whole life I have been a “night” person. I stay up late to read, to watch old movies, or maybe even to enjoy a video game. That’s the kind way of saying I’m not a “morning” person. I usually only need about 6-7 hours of sleep per night, so I do get up in the morning. Or at least my body gets up in the morning, but my mind normally takes a couple of hours to catch up with everything else that is going on. There are very few things that can trigger my desire to get going in the morning. Oh, yeah, there’s the 8 am Tuesday morning group of men that eats breakfast at the Farmington Ram’s Horn. And then again, there’s the 8:30 am Saturday morning group of men that gathers for a doughnut, coffee and conversation around whatever book we are studying. But as for anything earlier than 8 am – well, good luck at rousing me out of bed.
Having declared my shortcomings, I must confess there is one lady who can get me out of bed for a 7:15 am breakfast every year. No, it’s not my wife. It’s Betty Nicolay. She invites me to the annual Community Breakfast of the Call to Action Coalition of Farmington/Farmington Hills. This group vows to “break the silence” surrounding alcohol and drug use, physical and emotional abuse, addiction and domestic violence in our community by promising to intervene and support where needed. Betty was a founder of the Families in Action group that eventually grew into the Call to Action Coalition. She was honored for her 30 years of service and leadership in both orgnizations. At the time of her recognition she was awarded a plaque, announced her retirement from the group, and received a well-deserved standing ovation for her years of devoted and dedicated service.
It was a quotation on the plaque that attracted my attention. Although, I must admit that I had to finally call Betty to acquire the actual wording. Written by Claudia Black the words are: “It is not the mountain that gets moved that makes a difference. It is the little steps taken one at a time.” I really like that thought.
Every day we take lots and lots of little steps. What are we doing with our steps? Where are we going? Some days we take steps sideways or backwards or we go off in a totally new direction. The possibilites are numerous. Then all of a sudden, one day we stop our steps and look to see where we are. We wonder how we got here. Maybe we even think about where we might be going.
I know of a few people (actually the number is 186) who have taken steps away from the Nardin Park faith family. They have followed little steps that took them into a direction where they began to attend the worship of God less and less. They followed little steps that led them into giving less and less of themselves and their financial support until they finally stopped giving. It’s easy to do. It just takes lots and lots of little steps. Then they find themselves wondering, “Why don’t I feel close to my church any more?”
Little steps lead us away from what we truly value, or little steps lead us to what we truly value. Little steps. Congratulations, Betty, for taking so many little steps that helped address a big community concern. Actually, thank all of you for taking the little steps that each day requires. Hopefully, those little steps move us closer to God and to each other.