Wait. Hang on. Hold up. Pause.
Why? Why wait?
Will the moment ever be right? And if we’re waiting for that mythical just-right moment, how much will we miss?
(Oh, yeah. I’m preachin’ to the choir here. Waiting is my pass-time. I’ve spent 50+ years practicing the art of waiting. <sigh>)
“Do not wait for the right moment.”
NOW is the right moment.
Or it could be if we don’t let it pass.
Let’s get real here: sometimes it’s just laziness that has us waiting.
Or maybe it’s just me?
Am I the only one who is waiting and it’s not a good thing?
Let’s spark some urgency with a few questions:
Imagine all the good stuff we could miss out on…
- What won’t be birthed if we wait?
- Who will be impacted negatively if we pause?
- Where won’t we go, should we hang back?
- What won’t we experience if we sit tight?
- And if not now… then when?
If not now… then when will the “right moment” come?
Take action. Do it NOW!
Imagine if you couldn’t fail – what would you do right now?
What if you could positively impact a whole group of people (or maybe just one precious soul). Where would you take action today?
There are amazing sights, sounds, fragrances and experiences about to be added to your history…
Benjamin Franklin didn’t wait.
I’m participating in a challenge to write every day – in this challenge I’ve also been reading other posts. The second item in a post on Benjamin Franklin sparked my thoughts today, “Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea… ” I think we’d all agree that he accomplished quite a bit in his life. Right?
You are capable of so much.
Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces. You are capable of SO much!
As imperfect as we all are, we do have worth. Great worth.
Did you hear me?
You have great worth.
Your self worth is not dependent on another person accepting you, affirming you, helping you, believing you, admiring you, approving of you, buying into your ideas, or not, or anything else outside of yourself.
You have great worth because you are here.
You were born for a purpose.
Even if no other human on this planet can understand that, you still have great worth. Perhaps, in this moment, even you can’t pinpoint why you were put on this earth, however, you do have great worth. I’m convinced of it… God does not make mistakes.
You are not a mistake.
You have value.
It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. Your physical appearance, perceived ability or inabilities will not have an impact on the person you’ve been designed to become. Even if you are struggling right now with horrible issues – seen or unseen – there will be a way through. There will.
Because you have great worth.
Is it hard to believe it?
Is it hard to believe you have great worth?
OK. It could be that believing in your own worth is hard at times. Maybe all the hoopla and hoorays about starting the new year fresh is painful to hear and read. Maybe you’re afraid. Perhaps you can’t see a way forward right now… (even if on the outside you’re putting up a good front. Or not.)
Alright. OK. Take a breath. And another. One more breath.
Is there someone in your life who can believe for you – can someone believe you have great worth – and do it on your behalf? Just for a bit. Can that person believe in your worth, until you’re strong enough to believe it yourself?
I believe you have great worth.
If you’re reading this, know that I’m thinking of, and writing to YOU.
Yes – you.
Don’t give up.
Put that alcohol, that drug, that 50th eclair down. You have great worth. I’ll believe it for you until you can believe it yourself. It will get better. You will make it through. The mess you feel you’re in will pass. Relationships can be renewed, rebuilt, re-imagined. Be kind to yourself. Any mistake you’ve made… God can forgive.
There is grace available. Always.
Because you have great worth.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
Want to feel and explore the love of God – read this.
NOTE: is there someone in your sphere of influence who you sense is struggling? Reach out. Tell that person that they have worth – that they matter. It will make a difference. (Others did that for me – that’s how I can know.) And if they can’t believe – yet – then believe it for them.
The secret to getting ahead is getting started.
That’s a quote by Mark Twain.
Is he right? Maybe. Maybe not. From my personal experience, finishing is more difficult than starting… but not everyone is alike. For some it’s starting that’s a barrier. Either way, to finish anything you do need to begin.
As I write this note to you, it’s a popular time of year to start something. (New Years.) Each year I choose a particular word to focus on during that year, as opposed to resolving to do something new or different. What do you do?
Not everyone is a fan of resolutions at the beginning of the calendar year – of getting started on better ways of living because of a date on the calendar. Regardless of your opinion of resolutions, I wish you happy starting, continuing and finishing.
And just remember that anytime is a good time to start!
Happy New Year.
Is there something you’re starting, or you’ve begun that you’re keen on continuing? Leave a comment…
(For me, I’m not even starting a new “word” this year – I’m doing a second year on the word “thankful”. It feels like that’s a big enough word to last two years! )
Need some encouragment on getting started?- read this!
But as you start, just remember:
from Ecclesiastes 3…
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
We don’t need a new year to hope for something new to begin – true hope is found in the One who makes everything new.
Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Maybe you need to get out of your comfort zone.
Perhaps it’s time to find your fixed point and stop going around in circles.
Could you ask an optimistic person to come alongside you?
Remember – YOU ARE CAPABLE OF SO MUCH!
Yes. You can.
It’s not too late. You’re enough. You’ve done enough preparation.
(I’m cheering you on!)
Remind yourself – click HERE to download the wallpaper photo below for your smartphone.
I’ve been reading this book… and that’s what has prompted today’s post. Our inner dialogue impacts what we begin and finish. One of Neil Fiore’s suggesions when you find yourself overwhelmed by a task, perhaps feeling unequal to all the effort it’ll take, is to work on the project for a half hour, and then record on your calendar your progress. It’s part of taking credit for the work you’ve done. You’re proving to yourself that you can.
HIS plans are greater than my dreams…
Keep that in mind when you’re dealing with disappointment, worry or unease over the timing or waiting.
We all have dreams. Sometimes those dreams are seeds of what God has put into our hearts. However, HIS PLANS are always greater than what we, as flawed humans, can dream or imagine.
Ask the One who loves you more than any other to trust in HIS plan for you. How do you know it’s from God? It’ll be filled with hope.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
His PLANS are greater than my dreams. Be patient. And while you’re waiting, be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people!
Be thankful for now.
Is that difficult sometimes? Yes. It can be.
I’ve been there.
If you’re looking at your “now”, and it’s so far from what you want or what you had, it can feel discouraging. Our inner push to set goals or our outer need for achievement and affirmation can poison our current spot.
Be thankful for now.
Take care; we can get all caught up in our “dreams” and striving for what we want, that we forget there is joy right now.
Here. This moment holds joy.
Look for the joy in the story you’re living.
(Stop. See. Feel. Taste. Touch. Smell. Experience.)
- the voice of someone who loves you is joy
- the arms of a child wrapping around your neck is joy
- the sweetness of chocolate on your tongue is joy
- the scent of autumn on the air is joy
- the melody in a song is joy
- the warmth of a smile is joy
Is everything perfect?
Do you have everything you want?
But your story, right now, holds some joys.
(Leave a comment with one joy you are experiencing… regardless if your story isn’t the one you would like to be living.)
Be thankful for now.