Do Something

Dear Beth,

Thank you for agreeing for our conversations to be put on the blog, I’m excited about posting them on here. 🙂

I think one of the reasons for my trip last week (I’m sure it wasn’t the biggest reason, but it is one that has stood out to me ever since), is that the distractions were removed so that I would finish the book I have been reading on for a while now.

I don’t think it’s just the act of finishing the book, but that my mind wasn’t busy with a million other things, so that the conclusion hit harder than it would have otherwise.

The conclusion? Do something. How do you change the future? Do something. What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Do something.

I don’t think there’s been any accidents to the things that have spoken to me so far in 2015. From Peter’s words in 1 Peter 5:6,

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs, God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (MSG)

to Dr. Mani’s suggestion to plan out 10 years instead of just 1 (what an eye-opener that suggestion is), to reading Andy Andrews’ book, The Final Summit  with its conclusion to “do something,” everything seems to be pointing toward a reminder that this moment matters, not just for now, but what you do now, also influences your future.

So act, do something—but not out of a desire to change the who, what, where of yourself—that part is up to God. Act now, out of a desire to not waste this moment, this step on the path to the next 10 years.

So act, do something—but not out of a desire to change the who, what, where of yourself—that part is up to God. Act now, out of a desire to not waste this moment, this step on the path to the next 10 years. It doesn’t have to be the best thing you can do; I know I get sidetracked sometimes, trying to figure the best move to make instead of just moving. Just do something, and know that God’s hand is on you, and at the right time, he will move you forward.

Looking forward to all that 2015 will bring.

Te-ge 🙂

  • Bethani

    No, doesn’t really reply. Not even close. lol But it’s ok, Te-Ge. I don’t have a fear and I take every opportunity I can. In your initial post, you stated that we are not to do something with the desire to change the who, what or where of ourselves. The issue is I find it unavoidable to not change the “who” of myself.

  • Bethani

    I love this post. It really hit home for me. I think my problem is not with doing something but trying to figure out exactly what it is I should do. 2014 had shown me just how much the present moment does matter for the future. I sought out promotion in my job, which I achieved. I sought out more quality time with my husband and kids, which I achieved. That time spent with them has helped them develop into nice young adults so far. I’m also doing something in other areas of my life and God is proving and has proven faithful in every one of those areas. It’s the first step, that sometimes scares me. It’s that first step, that I sometimes find excuses not to do. Once I get past that first step, though it may not always be easy (and in many cases it is easy) it is always worth it.

    The one thing you mentioned that I may find it hard or maybe even virtually impossible NOT to do, is not to do something that changes the “who” of myself. I strive for continual improvement as a person. I strive for an even closer relationship with Christ. Some things I’ve had to change about myself. And I had to do so consciously. It was unavoidable. And as a result, I’ve been living more carefree before God.

    As for a 10 year plan, I’m still working on that. I have ideas, but nothing that is concrete. I know how I’d go about some things, and others are out of my hands. But I know that I will be doing something every step along the way.

    • Te-ge

      I read an interesting article a little while ago about how our fears create our reality. I found it fascinating as they proved their point by sharing various fears, our reactions that result from those fears, and how our reactions cause the very things we’re afraid of.

      For example, a germophobe tends to leave a public restroom messier than anyone else, because they are fearful of germs they might come in contact with in the process of picking up after themselves. So anything that falls on the floor is left there, paper towels are left near the garbage instead of in it because of the chance of touching the garbage can with clean hands, etc.

      I think that the same arguments would apply the other way as well – that our good thoughts shape our future. For example, your promotion came about because you made a decision and acted on it. When I make a decision, my thoughts and my actions line up with that decision, whether it is good or bad.

      Something I just realized is that the longer I stay undecided and fearful of moving forward—”doing something”—the worse my decision making tends to be. Andy Andrews says we should make up our mind quickly and change our mind slowly, and in my experience, moving forward is where the most positive results seem to come from.

      Not sure if this really replied to your comment, but it’s definitely given me something else to think on. ((((hugs))))