Stepping Up to the Next Level

Clive, my 23-pound tabby hunk of feline love, teaches me life lessons every day. I thought it was high time that I shared his words with you.

Stepping Up to the Next Level
Clive climbs half way up to the next level, to get closer to his parents getting ready in the bathroom

When my parents are getting ready in the morning in the bathroom, I sit by their feet for a while. If they don’t pet me, I jump on the toilet. If they still don’t pet me, I now have figured out that I can jump up onto the toilet cover when it is down.

(They have to keep the cover down so I don’t drink water from the toilet. I think that bowl is huge, and it is fun to try to balance on that bowl and not fall in).

Anyway, jumping on the cover enables me to get my paws up on the counter where my daddy may be shaving or my mom may be putting her make up on. I will get in trouble if I get all the way up there, because I will be in the way or knock stuff off the counter. But I go as far as I can. I push my limits.

I know that in many instances, I am different from my fellow feline friends. In this instance though, I am 100% cat. Do a funniest video of cats search online and you will always find a cat jumping up onto something and falling off. We aren’t scared of trying to get higher and falling. Why are humans fearful of stepping up to the next level, when they are so much bigger?

Applications for Life and Business (from Clive’s mom)

I don’t know about you, but reaching higher becomes easier if you take incremental steps. Like writing this blog, for example. I had wanted to habitually write and share topics dear to my heart for quite some time, but had never taken the plunge.

Then, I began to share pieces of my story in small group settings and even at a conference. That made it easier to begin to share my writing publicly, like I am doing on this blog, but it takes time away from my personal time. However, writing a light and fun topic has made it easier than plunging into the deep issues of the heart. My husband has also started his blog, so we are now pursuing our dreams together.

Starting today, we are taking a step to the next level YIKES! I  am doing the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to write a 50,000 word book in one month. I know God has been calling me for quite some time to start the journey of changing my journals into my first book. Compiling and sharing those will be easier now that I have shared a portion of my writing on a wider scale in the land of social media.

What about you? What are your goals? What incremental steps are in front of you that you can start now? Why not join us on this first day of the month with a challenge that will help you get started? If we all step up one level at a time, could you imagine all that would be produced? Let’s find out.

Spiritual Insights

If God is calling you to take the next step, he will equip you to do it. Ask Him to help you to have courage to press through any fear, and watch him open up a whole new level of blessing

“But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7, ESV).


Loral, Clive’s mom, in addition to being everywhere Clive is, is a professional writer and editor who helps authors and businesses get whatever message is in their heads out to their target audiences. If you need help crafting a creative campaign, evaluating your content or completing a book, blog or other materials, check out her services at


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