Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stop Wishing... Start Doing!

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." -Rabindranath Tagore 

I don't know what it is about today that just feels different than every other, but for some reason I'm itching to do something unexpected, something that's going to make a difference in at least someone's world, something that will have meaning for longer than a few days. Videos circulating my friends' Facebook pages today have consisted of incredibly moving stories that pull tears from your eyes within a matter of seconds. Here I am sobbing on the couch like a 6th grade just-dumped-today chick, but my mind is rummaging around every thought I've hoarded in hopes that I've accidentally buried a treasure.

I sit and think. I pace and ponder. I clean and imagine. On and on and on... Over and over and over... I spend my days brainstorming and planning these ideas that I just know could be effective in so many ways. But then, almost just as quickly, I start convincing myself that it's just "not time" because I don't have connections for that, or a place for this, or the finances to properly fund either.

But, after a few moments of praying and asking God to open doors, send people, and provide money, it hits me... or should I say, God does... lol


I may not be able to invest in a "blessing shop," but I can start gathering things in my closet and keeping an eye out for people in need.

I might be unable to hand out hundreds of dollars for people to get groceries, but I can store up a little at a time and leave a nice little basket on their porch.

No, I don't have the time or space to host a restaurant for the homeless, but I can spend an afternoon a week driving around my town looking for somebody who looks like they'd appreciate a warm meal.

I can choose to pour positivity into everyone within my reach. It's up to me to offer assistance to people who need some. There's nothing standing in my way that's keeping me from being a listening ear, an encouraging word, a helping hand, or a smile on sad days.

Maybe you're like me. Do you, too, sit and think of all the things you wish you could do? Is it just the norm to daydream how you want your future to be? Do you see pictures of people feeding orphans in Haiti and feel a twinge of longing that just won't go away? Does YouTube have you crying rivers with the many inspiring videos posted on their site? Is the blog, book, or magazine you're reading making you dream bigger each day?

Don't feel  like you have to wait for the perfect scenario to start. That's been my mistake. Never convince yourself you can't do something without big connections or plenty of cash. There are ways. We just have to make them.

I'm tired of longing... I'm tired of imagining... I'm done wishing. It's time for action.

I encourage you today, if there's any particular area of interest that you're just longing to become active in, take a small step today... It'll lead to something bigger if you refuse to stop moving.

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." -Swindoll

I can't help but think of a Scripture when I first embark on a long journey- "For who has despised the day of small beginnings?" (Zechariah 4:10) Nearly every human being on the planet that's ever accomplished big things (of any kind) had to start out in a very humble and unimpressive way. But, their determination and passion caused their "seed" to bloom and flourish. That can be you, too.

We have to start somewhere. You'll never cross the finish line if you don't begin the race. Well, I'm ready to start running... Okay, fine. Let's start with a walk. I'm good with that. I just know I need to move.

Life flies past us day after day and I don't want any more of mine wasted on wishing. As a Christian, I have access to everything my Father owns... All I have to do is ask Him and use what He gives me to the best of my ability and watch him multiply those resources as the work continues. If we're supposed to walk by faith and not by sight, why do we convince ourselves to wait until we start seeing things line up before we take our first steps toward our goal? And believe me, I'm asking myself these questions as I type them up for you. 

Maybe with the recent turn of unexpected events in our life, something within me is ready to use this time in a more effective way. I truly believe God has something right outside my line of vision waiting for us. If I just stay focused on His plan, and stop letting the disappointments, frustrations, and even the comforts of life distract me, I'll see it in the near future. 

I can't tell you how ready I am for that.

So, today, I have tied up every loose end my mind was sheltering, and I've determined to use what little I currently have to do something big for His kingdom. Little is much when God's in it, right? So what on earth are we waiting for?

Jeremiah 29:11- '"For I know the plans that I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Isaiah 40:28-29- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God ,the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding can no one fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."

Romans 8:28- And we know that all things work together for good, to them who love God and are called according to His purpose.

Romans 15:13- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18- Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen...

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 23:1- The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. (I lack NOTHING!)

1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." -Francis of Assisi

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