Take Another Step


“Then the lightning flashed the thunder crashed and suddenly
It began to rain and everybody ran
Then the sky went black as midnight and you couldn’t see
Paralyzed by what you just can’t understand
And now here you are, you’re afraid to move
You don’t know where to go, you don’t know what to do
Take another step, take another step
When the road ahead is dark
And you don’t know where to go…”
          –     Lyric from “Take Another Step” by Steven Curtis Chapman
Yes, Chapman is a Christian artist and there’s a clear Faith connection to the song.
But if that ain’t how you roll, there’s a secular lesson here, too.
In times of uncertainty, doubt and even fear — take another step.
Our plans won’t be perfect, no matter how bright the day is and no matter how clear our understanding of the direction may be.  And it’s ok to pause, reassess.  As Dad said, it’s sometimes ok to “don’t just do something, stand there!”
But once we catch our breath, we ought to take another step.  And another step.
In a secular fashion, forward is what we’re seeking in our work.  If I weave the Faith angle back in (and you knew I would…), the destination is set, there is really no reason to be afraid, so we trust — and we take another step.  And another step.
It’s unreasonable to think that we’re always going to have a completely clear path.  It’s foolish to expect the road to be well-lit, smooth and always predictable.
It’s wise though, to take a deep breath, trust, and take another step.
Editor’s Note:  Unless we’re a physician or in the military, our mistakes won’t result in someone dying or losing a limb.  “Taking another step,” is partly about understanding the stakes, and trusting our plan, our True North and moving forward.  And, as usual, I won’t apologize for the Faith angle — it applies for me and it ultimately is all that matters for me — and after all, it’s my blog…  



  1. Great post, thank you for this. I needed it today.

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