Quit planning. Start doing.

Ben Reed —  May 14, 2012 — 6 Comments

Carrying around a megaphone doesn’t legitimize your message.

image credit: Flickr user Hazzat

It just makes your message louder.

Just like talking about your dreams doesn’t mean you’ve taken any real action to accomplishing them.

It just makes your dreams more widely distributed.

We love to talk about our plans and goals and dreams. Sharing your dreams is a great way to keep a conversation going, and make us seem like we’re the forward-thinking, out-of-the-box type.

But just like the guy who writes a blog about how to write a blog about blogging is great at spinning his wheels but creating no real movement, so too are our wheels spinning.

We go in circles trying to justify our inaction.

9 times out of 10, our inaction is driven by our fear.

Faith takes risks, trusting God to truly be a God who loves to do the impossible. You’ll never fully understand God’s power until you have the faith to believe, pray, and act on the fact that our God is a God who loves to do the impossible. (Re: Ephesians 3:20-21)

You can’t experience God’s power if you trust Him with what you, in your power alone, can do. Faith requires risk. Risk to trust God. Risk to fight your fear. Risk to believe and act in confidence that God is who He says He is and does what He says he’ll do.

Instead of writing about marriage, take your wife on a date.

Instead of taking about reaching out to your neighbor, do it.

Instead of leading others to be generous, do it yourself.

Instead of telling others about your dream, start living it.

Don’t write. Do.

Don’t speak. Be.

Don’t dream. Act.

 

 

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Ben Reed

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.
  • http://sabakia.wodpress.com/ Andy Sabaka

    Convicting and encouraging – thanks, Ben.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks Andy!

  • Brent

    Haven’t you written posts before about writing, speaking and dreaming?

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Probably not. :)

  • Anonymous

    What if your dream is to write?

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Good question, Tyler. If that’s your dream, then do it. Quit “dreaming” about it and start writing.

      The point I was trying to make was that sometimes people can use “writing” as a way of putting off doing the work they know God’s calling them to do. 

      For instance, it may be easier to write about marriage than to actually do the work to improve your own marriage.

      But if your dream is writing, then live it!