is a program started by Monica Gary aimed to help encourage, motivate
and inspire people into action! STEPS stand for Start Toward Effective
Preparations for Success. When most people think about success
he or she may think about someone who has a great job, a large
house or lots of money, but real success really comes from one
source and that’s God. When you live your life to please
God, you will be successful and in turn realize your purpose in
life! Some of the things that STEPS promotes include positive
self image, healthy living, goal setting, empowering women and
spiritual growth. If we are going to have strong communities,
it starts with strong families and individuals. In this society,
many people are faced with a lot of hardships and at times are
in need of someone who can lend a helping hand. As believers,
it is our job to reach out, invest and provoke change in our communities.
Positive Self Image
The perception a person has about themselves will definitely affect
how they live their lives. When you have a positive self image,
positive actions will follow. When you have a negative self image,
negative actions will follow. As a result, it is necessary that
we pour positive and encouraging words into this generation. The
Bible says that faith comes by hearing, so what you hear is extremely
important. You can listen to something so long and soon begin
to believe it. Let’s create an environment to foster growth
and positive influences in our community.
» Healthy Living
Obesity has become a hot topic in today’s society. We live
in a world where people believe that bigger is better, but as
it relates to your health that is not the case. Mississippi was
known as one of the fattest states. We are faced with issues such
as childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension and the list goes
on and on. With an increase in technology, handheld devices and
social media we have become more and more inactive as a whole.
For this reason, it is necessary that we educate our communities
with practical nutrition information such as benefits of proper
nutrition, weight loss (exercise) and appropriate meal planning
so we can build healthier families.
» Goal Setting
Goal setting is important because establishing goals gives motivation
to your vision. What is it that you want to do or accomplish?
Without proper setting of goals it will be hard to achieve what
you desire. We encourage you to set goals for yourself and take
the necessary small steps to make it happen. You have in you what
you need to do great things in life.
» Empowering Women
As women living in an extremely sexual society, it is important
that we know that God created us with so much potential and that
we have so much to offer other than our bodies. There is a need
for young women to know that they can change their homes and families.
It is vital that young women in this generation realize that they
do not have to settle, but live purposeful, pure lives that can
give glory to God. It is necessary that women are charged to raise
the standard and be holy women of God.
What do you feed the most? It is essential that you understand
that whatever you feed the most will grow. You have your flesh
and your spirit. In order for you to grow spiritually it is necessary
to feed your spirit the right types of things. If we are to be
strong in God or desire to have a personal relationship with God,
it takes putting the right things in our spirit (prayer/ bible
reading). It is important to get young people (and older) to understand
who Jesus is and how he can transform their lives.
Motto: “Small Steps equals BIG Change”.