JUST DO IT!

Activated - - NEWS - By Peter Am­s­ter­dam, adapted PETER AM­S­TER­DAM AND HIS WIFE, MARIA FON­TAINE, ARE DI­REC­TORS OF THE FAM­ILY IN­TER­NA­TIONAL, A CHRIS­TIAN COM­MU­NITY OF FAITH.

Ev­ery day, when you step out the door to go to work or on an ap­point­ment, or to take the kids to school or the park, or when you’re at home work­ing or cook­ing or clean­ing, if you’re pray­ing as you do so, you’re go­ing to “the mar­ket,” so to speak, and you should take along a pretty big “bas­ket” of faith and ex­pectancy for God to work in and through your life to ful­fill His pur­poses. Through our prayers we cre­ate a vac­uum for God to work, and we should ex­pect that He is go­ing to re­spond ac­cord­ing to His will.

The key is do­ing. Stak­ing out the land and catch­ing the train of golden op­por­tu­ni­ties. Be­ing flex­i­ble and will­ing to change as needed— whether that means chang­ing your­self, chang­ing your plans, or chang­ing your sched­ule.

Here are a few con­crete ac­tions we can take:

Have faith

Faith and trust in God and a will­ing­ness to fol­low where He leads. When we ask God for op­por­tu­ni­ties and open doors, He will not fail to bring them along in His time. Thank Him for them and then ac­tively pur­sue them—even if they are new, dif­fer­ent, or un­ex­pected.

Be­gin

To fol­low in the di­rec­tion God leads us, we’ve got to be will­ing to try new things and fol­low through. We have to show God that we mean busi­ness and we’re se­ri­ous. If you do that, you can bet your bot­tom dol­lar that He is go­ing to come through, sweep away the ob­sta­cles, and do over and above His part of the bar­gain.

Rec­og­nize op­por­tu­nity

Some of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that come your way won’t pan out. Some of the risks you take won’t bring forth any spec­tac­u­lar or vis­i­ble fruit, at least not im­me­di­ately. Some­times you might have to keep go­ing with some­thing for quite a while be­fore it blos­soms.

Some­times the risks you take might even cost you. Not ev­ery sin­gle ven­ture or op­por­tu­nity will be im­me­di­ately suc­cess­ful. Some might not be suc­cess­ful at all. But it’s bet­ter

to try some­thing new and dis­cover that it doesn’t work than to never try any­thing dif­fer­ent or out­side the box. It’s bet­ter to boldly seize an op­por­tu­nity—even if you’re not quite sure where or how it’s go­ing to go—than to play it so safe and walk with such hes­i­tancy that you miss the open doors and set­ups that God wants to en­gi­neer.

If you jump at an op­por­tu­nity and it doesn’t seem to be work­ing well, you can put it on pause and com­mit it to prayer. If some­thing doesn’t pan out, you can close the door and move on to some­thing else. That’s not fail­ure. That’s ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s try­ing the new. When op­por­tu­ni­ties come around, if you hes­i­tate, you might not get a sec­ond chance. So don’t be afraid to give new things a try.

Be­ing will­ing to ex­per­i­ment and try new things is ex­actly what it takes to be in tune with the needs of to­day. You have to be able to en­dure a bit of fail­ure too. Pi­o­neers, ex­plor­ers, in­ven­tors, and en­trepreneurs of­ten face set­backs and fail­ures—some­times many—be­fore they hit their eureka mo­ment. It’s not a bad sign if you don’t strike gold im­me­di­ately. Find­ing out where it isn’t can be just as valu­able in some cases as find­ing out where it is!

Seize the mo­ment

What if Lazarus’ fam­ily had said to Je­sus, “Well now, Je­sus‚ we’re not quite ready for Lazarus’ res­ur­rec­tion! We haven’t got his room ready yet, and we’ve got to get his clothes back from the peo­ple we gave them to. Wait till to­mor­row and we’ll roll away the stone. You can come back to­mor­row, Lord, and raise him from the dead.” Je­sus would prob­a­bly have been far gone from there by that time, and it would have been too late.

The se­cret is fol­low­ing God and mov­ing with His Spirit, which in­cludes be­ing ready to take ad­van­tage of His set­ups. And His set­ups some­times defy hu­man logic and earthly con­ven­tions, mean­ing they will hap­pen on God’s timetable, not ours.

The se­cret of suc­cess in life is for a man to be ready for his op­por­tu­nity when it comes.— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli (1804–1881)

Of­ten, the most extraordinary op­por­tu­ni­ties are hid­den among the seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant events of life. If we do not pay at­ten­tion to th­ese events, we can eas­ily miss the op­por­tu­ni­ties.— Jim Rohn (1930–2009)

It is bet­ter to be pre­pared for an op­por­tu­nity and not have one than to have an op­por­tu­nity and not be pre­pared.— Whit­ney Young (1921–1971)

When­ever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, “Cer­tainly I can!” And get busy and find out how to do it.— Theodore Roo­sevelt (1858–1919)

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