One by One



My mum used to sing the song:

One step at a time

Only one step at a time

That is the way the Lord would lead you

One step at a time

Take that one step carefully

Walk that one step Prayerfully

That is that way to victory

One step at a time

The words of this song has not ministered to me more than at this time of my life.

As I seek God to make me relevant in this generation and to posterity, to make lasting impact in the life of tons of people, I am constantly reminded that lasting influence is not solely characterized by large scale ministry.

I have, in the past, prayed, fasted and cried for a launching forth into God’s will for my life. And whenever I do that, I am usually dissatisfied at God’s “slow” or “non” response because I have prayed from the lens that affords me a view of ministry as being valid if and only if it’s nomenclated, involves many people and publicly spectacular.

Time and again, the dealing of God in my life nudges me back to the catchword of the song:

One step at a time.

God will start with a few. Most times, one, and see what you will do with that opportunity. That one little fifth grade girl that needed help with “multiplying and dividing fractions.” That one almost broken-up family that smites your heart any time you see them – the one you felt the burden to intercede for. That one group in your church that needs to be revived unto optimal functioning. That set-mate at school or colleague at work that needs your help to shape up his or her life – maybe with a weekly Bible study or by praying together.

You can be that friend and listening ear your neighbor needs. You can be that model your little cousins seek. You can be that intercessor… You can be that “Barnabas” in the life of “Paul.”

“Ministry consciousness” in the mundane details of life is a hallmark of readiness and excellence in “Public Ministry,” if it comes. Every one step – of action or inaction – is a seed for the quality of your “ministry.” If you are faithful with one, he will make it two, then a hundred, then ten thousand or more.

But it will always be about that one heart at a time.

Do not clamor for “ministry,” while neglecting “ministering.”

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.”

Friends, just be God’s hands and feet, where you are.



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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