I am learning, definitely have not mastered, but am learning that to accomplish things in my life, to see change, to be a blessing to others, I must be intentional. Wishing, dreaming, praying about something is one thing and Lord knows, I have spent much time doing those things! Although, the wishing, dreaming and praying is all good, there comes a time in almost all circumstances where action is required on our end. That’s where things can get tricky!
I have been on a journey the past several months making many changes in my life and I can tell you it’s hard work!! You ever have the feeling that what you learn along the way may be more important than the actual destination? I have an inkling that just may be the case 🙂 There are some days, o.k., most days; where I feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, the miles still to go and I can spend way too much time attempting to figure out how it’s all gonna work out.
For those of you who have areas in your life that you have been wishing, dreaming, praying for change, whether it be physical transformation, a desire to improve the important relationships in your life or how to be a blessing to others, may I say this? Add one more ingredient to your wishing, dreaming and praying and start DOING.
If you start to immediately feel overwhelmed or at a loss as to where to begin, remember change rarely happens over night. What is more important is that you choose to start somewhere and be intentional about it. So, if you want to have a better relationship with a family member, what is one thing you are going to do this week to invest in that relationship? Make it happen! If you have a dream that you’ve carried for years and your no closer to it than you were 10 years ago, what can you do over the next month to breathe life into that dream and course correct if needed? If you know that there is something inside you that needs to change, possibly an attitude that needs some adjusting? What conscientious efforts can you begin to take now that will ensure this area of your heart and life are cared for?
It reminds me again of one of my all time favorite movies, “What About Bob”. I’ve learned quite a bit from this deeply philosophical movie, not the least of which is “baby steps”. It doesn’t have to all be done tomorrow and realistically many changes that need to come in our lives will take consistent time and effort over a period of time. I can tell you this from experience, the time will pass anyway, so why not be moving in the right direction, even if you haven’t reached the ultimate destination? Food for thought…
I just want to encourage you to not let fear of failure, fear of the future, fear of rejection or fear of the unknown from fighting for the things that you have spent your time wishing, dreaming and praying for. Once you make the decision to start doing, make an action plan and begin “baby steppin” you’ve already succeeded. It’s that first step that’s the most awkward, after that you just keep movin’ for however long it takes and soak in the lessons along the way. We can all take a baby step 🙂