Action! I wrote this word at the top of my journal as I began the New Year. If you have worked with me, you know that I believe in setting very specific goals when creating a fitness and wellness plan. However, this year instead of writing goals for myself, I decided to choose one word (Action) as my word for the year in directing my path. You see sometimes, I can get stuck by sitting in prayer while contemplating what I should do. When in reality one action step is all that is needed to get going in the right direction.
Let me start by saying that God does give us a time of waiting as we seek His voice. But there comes a time when we must move. For example, there are things that the Lord has placed in my heart for a long time, yet, I have done nothing.
I’ve been hiding behind the mask of:
- waiting for confirmation
- waiting to be fully equipped
- waiting for everything to be “just perfect” in my life
- waiting to know the complete plan
The truth is that it’s just fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of, well there are many excuses. I realized that I may not have it all together, but it was time to move and take some type of action.
So how did I get there?
Last year, in a Women’s Bible study called Jonah by Pricilla Shrier, I learned that I was actually running from the Lord. 🙁 I was convicted as I wrote in my journal on October 11, 2015.
“Running from what God has called me to do can mean sitting and doing nothing.” Ouch “Dear Lord, give me the strength and courage to do the challenge that is before me instead of sitting and doing nothing.
That day, James 1:22 became so clear to me with deep conviction.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
I knew I had to ask the Lord to forgive me for my fears and worries that were keeping me from stepping out and doing what he had placed in my heart.
My Next Action Step
In February of this year, I began in the process of expanding my coaching business by working toward becoming a professional Life Purpose Coach for women, which is something that I have felt led to do for a long time. Do I know the final outcome and plan? No. But I know that I have a heart for helping women discover their God given purpose and have a closer relationship with Him. It is time for me to move instead of saying “one day” as I sit and pray for courage. Am I turning over a new leaf and living life spontaneously? My husband and closest friends would laugh at that. That is not my nature. But I am realizing that I can get stuck by doing nothing .
What about you?
Are you sitting and waiting for the right moment, when one action step is all that is needed today?
- make one call to learn more about what God has placed in your heart to do?
- invite that person to lunch you have been meaning to call for quite some time?
- take the only 20 minutes you have today and go for a walk……. instead of thinking you need more time to work out.
- choose one healthy thing to eat today…. instead of waiting for the day you can follow a “perfect diet plan”, which by the way, does not exisit
Ladies, let’s break the mold and mindset of having to know everything and have it all together before we move. Remember doing nothing gets us nowhere. Taking one action step is all that is needed to get us one step closer to better health and fulfilling the dreams and purpose God has created for each of us.