Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Putting Action Behind The Thoughts

Recently I have been observing other people, their walks (with the Lord), their successes and whatnot. I have to admit that several times I have felt jealous that I could not do something they could, or that I haven't achieved success in some aspect of my life like they have. Then, the wishes started rolling in...you know, the "I wish I could sing like her" or "I wish I was as smart as he is" or "Why can't I have what they have" and so on, and so on...

I have been reading Steve Sporre's blog, Following God's Will, recently (and in the past as well), making note of just how God has been working in and through him. Here is a young man who has gone through some struggles in his life and his walk and has come out on the other side as a stronger man. He openly and freely talks about his past in a book that he has written (he's now looking at publishing) and let me tell you, it is powerful! This man is also a talented musician and has a CD that is coming out (check out his blog for detail of how you can order).

Then, I read about Katie who is also open and honest about her walk, her struggles, her desire to serve the Lord. From the various entries I have read over the last I don't know how long, this woman loves the Lord and seeks Him in the different situations she faces. She claims that she is known around the world for falling down. She is a funny lady as you can witness by reading her blog, and can laugh at herself as well - not everyone can do that or is at least willing too...

Stephanie is someone whom I have had comment recently on my blog. We seem to visit a lof of the same blogs and she has a request. Visit her blog to read about her upcoming mission trip if you haven't already. She will need prayers, and if you can help financially with a donation, she has a way that you can contact her as well.

And then there is my best friend, Kristina who is so awesome and just inspires me all around. She is such a godly woman who is constantly seeking the Lord and His will in her life. She's a single mom who has done an excellent job raising her six year old daughter. Someday, when I have kids, I hope to be as good a mother as Kristina is.

I guess where I am going with this post, is that I see (or read about) people like the ones I have mentioned (there are tons more out there though) who have inspired me recently. It might not be in something specific, but generally with what they have done. What I have noticed lately, is that a lot these people (and others) don't just sit around twiddling their thumbs and simply wish they could do something.

No, they actually put action to their thoughts. Like Steve, for example. He didn't just think about writing a book or making a CD, he did something about it. Stephanie is being obedient by following the Lord's direction in going to Jamaica. Kristina isn't all talk, she's action - she does things. She wants to learn the keyboard and/or guitar, so she does. She wants to sew her daughter a halloween costume instead of buying one, and she does (when her sewing machine isn't being temperamental that is!). Katie actively seeks the Lord in her walk, listens for His guidance with regard to her future.

I have been wishing lately that I could do certain things. For example with the flute, I have loved the flute for the last six years, and have wished I could play for the last five. So, I have decided to do something about it. I don't want to simply wish I could play, I went out and purchased a second hand flute and signed up for lessons.

I have been wishing that I was further along with my writing. Usually I get the inspiration at work when it isn't possible for me to write anything, and when I get home I feel too tired to do anything. So, my plan is to sit and write something - even if it's only a paragraph. At least that way I am working on it and not just wishing that I was doing it.

I have to admit that I have also been wishing my relationship with Christ was better, that I was closer to Him again (I have been letting this slip, and that is not a good thing). I have been asking Him to help me with this, but you know what...I have to actually do something about it. I am the one that has to open the Bible and read/meditate. I am the one who has to pray. I am the one who has to do the footwork. Like any relationship, if you want it to be successful, you have to work at it.

So, thank you to all those who have inspired me and helped me to see the difference between wishing and being able to do something. Thank you for allowing the Lord work in your life, and then share these ways. Thank you for talking about what you are doing in your lives, no matter what it is, so that the Lord could use these things to drive home the fact that if I want something I need to do something about it and not simply feel jealous that I don't have it or can't do it. I need to get off my butt and put the action into my life.

I need to just do it, not wish it. I need to put the actions behind the thoughts in order to accomplish things.

9 comments:

What's my Mission said...

Hey, you could be a Nike representative... Just Do It (swoosh)... Seriously though... I think it's great that you are stepping out and trying new things... You inspire me girl...

MugwumpMom said...

Thank you for the prodding. I struggle with the same things...all bark and no bite sometimes! I appreciated this.

Rena

David said...

the wonderful thing about our internal struggles is that they provide evidence that we are growing, increasing in awareness of how we can improve in our reaponse to His amazing Grace. But it is all about grace and mercy, without that we would be hapless, hopeless, helpless.
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ps - how is your beautiful cat?

Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

Shelley, thanks so much for sharing yourself on your blog. I so enjoy reading and keeping up with you.

I wish we lived closer. I would love to talk and have a prayer time together...and knit, too.

Hugs from Oklahoma!

Shelly

Stephanie said...

"if I want something I need to do something about it and not simply feel jealous that I don't have it or can't do it. I need to get off my butt and put the action into my life.

I need to just do it, not wish it. I need to put the actions behind the thoughts in order to accomplish things."

Oh girl, this is a lesson that I have had to learn the HARD way over and over and OVER again. And it wasn't until I started in on this Jamaica thing, that I really learned the value of this lesson.

Be blessed my friend: not only for taking action, but for having the boldness in Christ to know that anything is possible with Him.

Oh, and THIS bears repeating: "I need to put the actions behind the thoughts in order to accomplish things."

A very wise friend of mine calls this...

"living your life ON PURPOSE"... a very POWERFUL tool in accomplishing anything in life... but most importantly, your dreams.

Thank you for adding me to your site. I'm humbled that my story moved you, because trust me: I'm still having a hard time believing it myself. :)

Jennifer said...

Hey, I'll follow the Lord to Jamaica, too!

Debrand said...

Hey Hi! Your post reminds me of a part of a song (oldie rock) 'Wishin' and a hopin'. Can't remember all the tune but it's about true love. The last of it goes "And after you do, you will be his." We already are His. We just need to know what to do with what He has given us. Maybe it's just to encourage one another in a time such as this. God bless.

R.G. said...

I like to think of all that wishin' and hopin' as inspiration that spurs us on. God is showing you things that speak to you -- but ONLY to help you determine who YOU are and what you want to do. Remember God made you to be YOU and that's a very important job!

Your thoughts are profound, your blog is beautiful... God bless you!

Joe said...

Every one of us struggles with the "wish list." Truth is we all wish we could do what we cannot do and be what we cannot be.

The ones who give the impressiong that they don't have to wish for those things, if truth were known, wish for them even more than we do.