X Challenge: The First Step

We all have to be at a starting point.

It’s okay, when you are somewhere new, not to know what comes next.

It’s okay, whether in life or just a new place, not to know where everything is or how things go.

Sometimes when I travel and speak around the country, I try to go to a mall in the town that I’m in.

Anytime I go to a brand new mall, I don’t know where to park, where the bathrooms or stores are or where to get something to eat.

I love walking into the mall and seeing the big map!

The Big Dot on the Mall Map

I can see where everything is but I have no idea where I am on the map. So I can’t find anything because I don’t know where I’m starting.

Thankfully, they put this big dot on there that says, “You are here.” Finally I’m like, “Hot dog, I know how to figure out where to go now!”

God is interested in us knowing where we are.


The first step to excellence is examining where we are in life so we know from where we’ve started. We can’t get anywhere from here if we don’t know where here is!

So many times we don’t take that first step because we don’t think we have achieved enough at this part in our life.

We don’t want to look at where we are because we don’t want to see those things about our self.

An assessment, sometimes a tough look, is that first step for us to get going to the next place. We can’t be scared of what we find.

Don’t be scared to examine where you are. God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (NLT).

If God rejoices – we should too!

God rejoices when he sees us embark on something new, sees us stretch, sees us move and get uncomfortable, and walk in faith. He says, “Yes, they are going to do it. They are going to do what I created them to do.” God gets excited about it.

In the next blog in this series, I will help get you on the map! We will talk about how to figure out where we are so we can get where we want to go!

X-Challenge Discussion

Have you ever felt timid about examining your life? Next time, I’m sharing about some of my most embarrassing measurements! So please share with us!

7 Responses

  1. We are where we are because of our past experiences, sometimes it’s just scary yet at the same time enlightening to have look at back at the past and examine it so we can understand how we got to where we are today

  2. Tina

    My husband and I recently relocated here to St Louis from Minnesota. My husband is originally from here. I have been having some struggles lately….home sick, anxiety. I happened to come across your blog through Faith Church website. This blog really hit home for me! Especially “It’s okay, when you are somewhere new, not to know what comes next.” I have yet to find a Church to call home but I will definitely be attending service this Sunday!

    Thanks Nicole 🙂

    1. Nicole Crank

      Tina –
      I hope to get to meet you! I will be at the Sunset Hills campus Saturday and Sunday night and at the Earth City Campus Sunday morning. Do you know what campus you will be attending?

      1. Tina

        Hi Nicole,

        I was unable to attend service last Sunday so this Sunday will be my first time. I will attend the Earth City Campus….11:45 service.

  3. Sharon Shamin

    I have been examining my life, actions, behaviors lately. I see changes I want to make and have joined with God to achieve those goals. I know I can’t do it without Him.

    1. Nicole Crank

      Sharon – You are so right and so headed in the right direction! You are brave to face those things about yourself that you want to improve. But you know what that means? Improvement is on the way!!!!! Go Girl!

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