Luke 9:23-27 The Message (MSG)
23-27 Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. This isn’t, you realize, pie in the sky by and by. Some who have taken their stand right here are going to see it happen, see with their own eyes the kingdom of God.”
What is so bold about action? In an age where celebrate courage by many standing up for themselves, their rights, their freedoms, courage is nothing more than someone taking the initiative to act.
Action, I’ve learned, is a daily mindset, a daily choice. When we act it must be with deliberation, boldness, and persistence. This is a huge lesson I’m learning in my life. Not just how to take action, but to take the right action. There’s a quote from one of my favorite books that says, “No one is coming to save you. And if we’d like to go where we claim we want to go– to accomplish what we claim our goals are– there is only one way. And that’s to meet our problems with right action.”
I’ve said it time and time again here, but every day it becomes truer– thinking is the enemy. I’m not talking about spending $20K in Vegas type of not thinking, I’m talking about pursuing something that is worth the pursuit. Once that first step is taken, the following step is to act. To pursue and keep pursuing until the work is completed, the goal is met, and the check has cleared. Whatever it might be, the action following the decision is vital, and it’s a daily one. The daily decision to not let your environment, personal issues, or mindset get in the way of taking action to change those things– daily.