Your most important step is your first step. No one has ever won a race that didn’t get in the game. Don’t let the idea of being perfect stand in the way of getting starting.
What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence… I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Saviour, and the magnificence of the Gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him.
Disciplined runners consistently clear their heads and focus fully on the journey ahead because their passion and zeal for the goal supersede the strain. The goal beckons them onward. Passion doesn’t negate weariness; it just resolves to press beyond it.