“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” ~ II Corinthians 4:16
I’ve mentioned before that my little guy loves to eat. Well, he’s really upped the ante this week – gobbling down as much as a quarter cup of rice cereal and a container of veggies in one sitting. Now, I used to think that baby portions were so small – just perfectly sized for a baby. So feeding said baby wouldn’t take long. That is, of course, until being handed a baby-sized spoon.
And suddenly it’s like being led to a swimming pool and someone says, “Drain this,” and hands you….a ladle.
But, for the sake of the adorable toothless grin, the waving arms and legs, and the hoots of impatience to be fed, every meal time I dive in and teeny spoonful by tiny spoonful finish up all that baby food. And really, it doesn’t take as long as it seems like it would and can actually be a fun process, too.
There are things in life that can appear like finishing a bowl of baby food with a miniature spoon – things that look like that will take forever and be dull in the process. The problem so often with being a grown up is that we find ways to avoid these things. We don’t want to build up the patience to endure to the finish line when it comes to boring tasks. But just like feeding a baby, sometimes these mundane tasks are actually really important, and would fortify us if we would just stick with it.
So the next time you are faced with a seemingly impossible-to-finish task, don’t lose heart. To paraphrase the saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” always remember: A well-fed baby begins with the first spoonful.