It’s Time To Take Action(1)

“The righteous are as bold as a lion.” Pr 28:1

John Ruskin said, “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” If you’re serious about succeeding at what you believe God called you to do, you must take three steps. The first step is simple: Do something! Sir Edmund Burke said, “Nobody made a greater mistake, than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Praying, planning and deliberating are all good, but there comes a point when you have to step out in faith and act. And if you’re naturally sedentary or easily discouraged, you’ll have to confront your fear and reluctance and take that first step. Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock said, “All worthwhile men have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions, but precious few of them ever translate those into action.” 

God promised to part the waters of the Jordan River so that His people could go through and enter the promised land. But the waters parted only after they stepped in. (See Jos 3:11-17) The same principle applies to you. In the beginning you just need to get moving. Try different things. It’s easier to start doing something right, if you’ve already started doing something. It’s easy to steer a car when it’s moving forward, but almost impossible when it’s standing still. 

Dennis Bakke, co-founder and former CEO of global energy supplier AES Corporation, said, “We try a bunch of stuff…see what works…and call that our strategy.” In other words, if you don’t know exactly what to do, don’t let it keep you from doing something. 


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