My inner coach screamed, “Stop goofing off! Get moving!”
Today’s the Day
I needed some follow through for my own sake and the sake of others who were waiting for me to do what I said I was going to do. “Here’s my second chance,” I thought. Here’s your second chance: The New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start.
This day, today, our sheet is blank and we get to fill it in differently than we did yesterday. Our past experiences have made us wiser and if not wiser, more grit-your-teeth and push distractions aside.
Determination floods our thoughts as a new year flows into more circumstances, thus, more opportunities. We say, “This is the chance I prayed for. The Lord has answered my prayer. Hallelujah! Thank you God for hearing me and not giving up on me.”
The idea for you and me to clutch, to swoop on, beginning this moment, is called “constructive action.”
More than Thinking
Constructive action is essential for you to progress toward your finish line and win the blue ribbon. But listen, the trick isn’t to merely think about what you want. No, you’ve already tried that (remember) and it didn’t really get you where you intended to go. What works is action seizing thinking’s hand and pulling it along, even when thinking is reluctant. This is what constructive action does with our wide-eyed desire.
Again, thinking wasn’t enough because thinking isn’t enough. Yes, you must become clear-headed about what you want to accomplish in order to push ahead and snap the yellow tape stretched across the track. Still, I’m saying, “Take definite action. Get specific about what you’re going to do, and then, commit to doing it (first of all) for your own good.”
I’m pretty sure you care about you so, specifically, in the big picture, make the constructive changes you must. Achieve your want to first in your heart, then your thinking, and then it will become a natural part of your daily constructive action. Light the fire.
What’s your best answer?
a) let me think about it.
b) I wanna do this.
c) I’m not sure
You’ve picked an answer. I’m assuming you’re earnest about personal prosperity. No more uncertainty. No more procrastination. You’ve decided, “I’m doing this!”
Good for you. To be sure, God planted a seed of desire in the garden of your soul. This desire is alive. Maybe barely. All the same, your desire is breathing, however shallow. Perhaps no one has noticed yet, but there’s life there. Breathe in. Breathe out. Gradually draw in deeper breaths. Gradually get stronger. Gradually your want to will sound less asthmatic and you’ll (at last) exhale sickness. Definitely a good trade, sick for well.
Doing Your Part
In your life, with its accumulation of experiences, God is constantly fashioning your desire and is preparing you to achieve a plan and purpose, in the narrow sense, for just you. If you dare follow God’s purpose and plan, you’re looking at fulfillment and satisfaction you’ve rarely, maybe never, imagined.
Just the same, one warning: it’s silly and superficial to suppose that God is going to do this without you. You need to plug-in and get constructive, active, involved.
Of course God is always constructively active. Consequently you must cooperate with God’s plan and purpose for you. This means you have to stop doing some things that are preventing your want to from succeeding and start doing some things that will propel you closer to your want to objective. If you don’t do this, or won’t, you’re playing a losing hand of solitaire and you’ll unlikely win any games. Harsh, huh?
Hanging the Sheetrock
This, then, is the foundation for constructive action: Ya gotta wanna.
Choice. The choice is yours. When you actually want to, you will take another path other than the harmful one you’ve been most familiar with.
Your pick. And here is the answer to why good fortune will follow: you’re committed to making prosperity yours. It will take place because you’ve committed to joining forces with God. Success will materialize because you’re meshing your will and desire with God’s.
This is what Jesus did. And this is the explanation for why Jesus was able to deliver what was promised in Eden. “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Your gotta wanna choice may seem small and simple, but don’t be fooled by what appears to be small and simple. It’s pregnant with power. If you spread open your heart and mind and take constructive action you will begin to see results that you previously only fantasized. (Did I say that already?)
Time and Timing
If it takes time, it takes time. You gotta do the time anyway, so you may as well do something constructive. As this occurs, if it takes longer than you want, longer than you expected, ask yourself: ”Am I worth it?”
Hint: God thinks you’re worth it. So if your answer is “yes,” you’ve chosen to walk a narrow road that can be black ice slippery, nevertheless, this road will lead you to the destination you’ve marked in red highlighter on your life map. The spot where the treasure is. You are “here” but you’ll get “there.”
When you answer yes, you will change for the better. As an example, your relationships will change. Your relationship with God will change. Your relationship with others will change. Your relationship with you will change. People will notice. Is this what you want? Sure.
Take into account what some swear, you are what you are today because of the accumulated historic events in your life.
Truthfully, you have a story. Instead of seeing your history as positive or negative, see your story as building blocks forging you into the person God intends. This isn’t to say that God intended you to experience some of the stuff you have, but God can use those incidents to shape you into a fulfilled and satisfied person.
In other words your life experiences can work for you instead of against you. Wouldn’t you like that?
Well it can happen. By taking constructive action you will develop into the person God knows you can be.
So, if you’re sincere, if you’re willing to make a good choice for you, if you’re ready to do the uncommon thing, start with: constructive action.
It’s about you. It’s not about what somebody says or thinks about you. It’s about what you think about you. It’s about what you’re going to constructively do for yourself.
1. It doesn’t make a bit of difference what someone else is doing. What matters is what you’re doing. Don’t measure where you are by where someone else is, or has been. It’s not about them. It’s about you.
2. It’s about the value of taking personal responsibility. Ya gotta wanna.
3. Later you will be what God wants you to be and not who you want to be. But do this first: take constructive action for you.
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