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Do What You Can Do to Clean Up Messes – February 23 Inspiration

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Do what you CAN do to clean up messes. Nothing gets done unless we take action. Obviously we need to first create a plan and intend to carry out the plan, but only action will ensure the plan is fulfilled. It would be like setting out all the ingredients for a batch of cookies, intending to make them, and then just standing there looking at the collection of ingredients and the recipe.

No fresh baked cookies will materialize without following that recipe, combining the ingredients properly, scooping cookie dough into individual cookies onto a pan, and baking the cookies at the right temperature for the right amount of time. Then, of course, we need to clean up the mess left behind from mixing and baking the cookies before we enjoy the outcome of our efforts.

 

 

Here is your Tuesday inspiration…

 

“Get up and start doing whatever you can do

to get the messes in your life cleaned up.

Don’t worry about what your spouse  is not doing;

just do your part and God will reward you.

If you have a financial mess,

stop spending and start paying off your debts.

A lot of laziness is rooted in fear.

People are so afraid to do something,

they form a habit of doing nothing.

They sit idly by and become jealous of the people

who have the life they would like to have.

They fail to realize things cannot work out for them,

if they don’t work!

Remember: If you do what you CAN do,

God will do what you CANNOT do.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

This is certainly one of those “kick in the butt” kind of devotionals, and all the focus is on each of us individually to be personally responsible and accountable for our own actions. Two of my favorite lines: “People are so afraid to do something, they form a habit of doing nothing.” And “If you do what you CAN do, God will do what you CANNOT do.”

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it difficult to focus only on what YOU need to do for positive changes in your life, instead of what others around you need to do?

Have you ever chosen to do nothing, instead of something, simply out of fear or not knowing the best action to take?

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22 Comments

  1. Laci

    All about actions !!! Love this 🙂

    23 . Feb . 2016
  2. Patrice M Foster

    I realize a long time ago i need to change my bad habit of blaming others of always finding excuses to justify my wrongs. This left me feeling sad . Being negative is draining. Now on the positive road and feeling much better thank you for sharing.
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    23 . Feb . 2016
  3. Robin Masshole mommy

    I think it depends. Sometimes things depend on another person to do something before my piece can happe .

    23 . Feb . 2016
  4. tara pittman

    We need to clean up messes as they form or things get ugly. If I dont clean up a spill in the kitchen what happens, it attracts ants or spreads.
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    23 . Feb . 2016
  5. Emma White

    I believe fear but also low self-belief in yourself can make it difficult to make changes – it’s easier to make realistic easy step by step small goals towards the bigger plan

    23 . Feb . 2016
  6. Ana De- Jesus

    I have done this all the time. Sometimes it is easier to pretend its nothing but doing that makes the long term consequences fatal!
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    23 . Feb . 2016
  7. Leanne@crestingthehill

    I fall into the blame trap a lot – when there’s a mess I tend to wonder who caused it and why. I’m getting better at taking ownership of what’s mine and keeping my world in order – I like a neat life!
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    23 . Feb . 2016
  8. Edwin Lao

    My house is always in a mess. I really need huge strength to face my house daily chores or maybe hire a housemaid for time to time.

    23 . Feb . 2016
  9. Claudette

    Great devotional. Thanks for sharing it as I am sure there is someone among us who needed to read it.
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    23 . Feb . 2016
  10. Elizabeth O.

    What a beautiful message. There’s no perfect time to take action, you just have to do it. I agree that some laziness is derived from fear of doing something.

    24 . Feb . 2016
  11. linda(burlap+blue)

    This is such a great post! Taking action is hard, such inspiring words!
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    24 . Feb . 2016
  12. Eugenia

    To get things done you need to take action. Just do it! Thanks for your motivational post!
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    24 . Feb . 2016
  13. Amy Jones

    If you don’t like something in your life then you got to change. Action is the only thing that’s going to take where you want to go
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    24 . Feb . 2016
  14. Jennifer Pilgrim

    Sometimes I don’t know how to fix a mess, so I just put it off. One of my faults.

    24 . Feb . 2016
  15. Lexie Lane

    This is absolutely a great read. You shared an very inspiring post,

    24 . Feb . 2016
  16. Jonathan Key

    I’ve heard it recently that you can’t make other people change. All you can do is focus on yourself. Kind of like you can only take care of what’s in your house and on your side of the fence. That said, this is a great motivational post! Keep up the great work.
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    24 . Feb . 2016
  17. Mhaan A.

    I badly needed this right now. Thanks for sharing this!
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    24 . Feb . 2016
  18. Top5life

    Messes in life pull you down very badly. It’s always essential to get rid of them and rise above them under any circumstances.
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    25 . Feb . 2016
  19. Karlyn Flores

    I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for making me inspired

    25 . Feb . 2016
  20. Kerri

    I totally agree with this, but first I must make a list and see what needs to get done. You can’t help others unless you help yourself

    25 . Feb . 2016
  21. Ana Fernandez

    If you ALWAYS put others before you, people might take advantage of this.
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    26 . Feb . 2016
  22. Travel Quest

    A very uplifting post, few days ago my husband and I were talking about what we want to accomplish till the day we both ready to retire. And we both said we may be working so hard right now but we should not forget to unwind once in a while. We also closer to paying off all our debt. It takes a lot of hard work, patient and sacrifice.

    26 . Feb . 2016

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