Here at Words of Encouragement…
**NOVEMBER MEANS: GRATITUDE CHALLENGE!!**
I am thankful God gives us the strength and ability to take action and clean up our 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 magically materialize without following that recipe, combining the ingredients properly, scooping cookie dough into individual cookie shapes 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 inspiration for this first Sunday in November…
“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”
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.”
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?