Doing something is much more important than doing nothing. *
My son tries new things all of the time. He tries climbing something new. Saying something new. Eating something new. Playing something new.
But what I’m challenged on is that he’s not afraid to try something new. Even if that means failing.
Something happens when you start getting older. You start aiming for “safe.” Working to not rock the boat, keep the status quo, and not try anything new.
Don’t lull yourself to sleep. We need you. We need your new idea. Your insights. Your excitement. Your creativity. Your passion. Your failures.
Bring them all to the table. And don’t hold back.
I talked with a good friend the other day. He’s just become an elder at his church. Here’s what he said,
I just don’t want to be the new guy that comes in with all kinds of ideas and shakes things up right off the bat.
And while I, at one level get it, I challenged him:
Be that guy!
They’ve brought him on as a young elder (yes, I see the play on words there…hang with me) because they believe in him, and he believes in his local church. They trust him. And these elders need to be challenged! Be the guy that doesn’t take, “We’ve always done it like that…” as an adequate answer.
Faith does. It doesn’t sit back on the sidelines and wait for someone else. It takes risks. Moves forward. Follows its King. (see Hebrews 11)
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – James 2:16-17
Doing something is more important than doing nothing.
What do you need to do today?
* I know that wisdom sometimes says, “Wait.” But that period doesn’t have to last very long. It lasted 40 years with God’s people in the wilderness, yes, but remember…that was a form of discipline/sanctification, not a way of “wisely” choosing to wait.