When I feel stuck, confused, hurt, sad, unmotivated….I like to come up with a plan. An action plan. It makes me feel a modicum of control in sometimes uncontrollable situations. It gives me a purpose and a drive to get moving.
What do I do when there is no action plan to be had or found? I have felt that way lately in various situations. Sometimes the problems seem too big or too complicated.
I have been thinking about the verse in Micah 6:8:
“He has showed you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
And what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39:
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “
Love God. Love the people I come in contact with. Be just. Be merciful. Walk humbly with God.
These sound like really good action plans to me. Or action prayers, because I am weak. But He is strong.
A conundrum of a title for a conundrum of a problem….how to get a dreamer to move to action. As a writer and musician, I have no problem with the dreaming and thinking part. I love that part: planning, thinking, creating things in my mind. The rub? The nitty gritty of actually doing everything, moving out of my mind and into real action. So I am hereby inspiring myself into motion this morning with a few good quotes on the subject.
-“Words may show a man’s wit but actions his meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
-“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain
-“It’s not what you’re dreaming, but what you’re gonna do.” – U2
-“Start where you are; use what you can.” – Persecution Project Foundation, www.persecutionproject.org (check it out; help the Nuba/South Sudanese people today!)
-“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2:17
Hmmm….I better get moving. Have a wonderful day! Slainte, Lisa