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Daily Thought: It is Time To Do Something

“God has created you to do something.  It is not enough to stop the wrong and then be paralyzed when it comes to the right.  God created you to do good.  And doing this requires initiative.  There is a subtle danger of hiding apathy behind piety.  Getting rid of the sin in your life?  Great.  Now it’s time to do something” ~ Erwin McManus, Seizing Your Divine Moment, p. 35

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Liane said…
Paul, this one really stirs in my heart. Some promises that I have in my heart I feel like God gave me around 15 years ago. For all the time in between I've not had opportunities for that dream. In fact, everything seem to steer in the opposite direction. In the beginning I just wanted to do something great for God. Then, as the years passed and no opportunities presented itself - in fact seeming to move away from it instead - I started wondering if maybe I had missed the whole plot. I started "settling down" with the idea of God building character. Now I'm a bit stuck on feeling like there is still so much for God to fix about me before I'll be "good enough" to do anything... I guess some part of me has come to make peace with just never being ready. Initially it made me sad. I wanted to do it so badly. Then I became "content"... Now I'm just lost... :( Now that everything is stripped away I have no clue and no desire... everything feels pointless... and guess what? I still have unresolved issues. I feel (at times) like before desire was a problem because I had issues. Now I have an issue because I have no desire anymore. I don't know what God wants from me. Some people say that it is exciting to have the whole world as an option. I just feel overwhelmed with too much choice and no compass. It has been so hard to deal with... So it's time to do something? Do what? :(
Paul Steele said…
Liane, I think that is a great question. It is certainly one that I struggle with as well, and so I don't know if I have a good answer. Here are two other thoughts that I pray will be helpful. First is the idea that the great things of God come out of the small acts of faith. While it isn't necessarily a satisfying answer, it does seem to be the pattern we see in the Bible. Second is something Erwin McManus also said: "If you go for the right reasons, God will get you to the right place." It is about stepping out in faith, in big ways and small ways, because we are motivated to build God's Kingdom. In the process we trust God to get us where He wants us to be. So what we do becomes less important than why do it. Thanks for your commitment, because I think this is something many people struggle with.

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