It’s in the doing…

“Life’s not about expecting,
hoping and wishing.
It’s about doing,
being and becoming.
It’s about the choices you’ve just made,
and the choices you’re about to make,
it’s about the things you choose to say – today.
It’s about what you’re gonna do after you finish reading this. “
~Mike Dooley

“It’s about doing, being and becoming…”

What am I going to do after I finish reading this?
What am I going to do after I finish?
What am I going to do?

I’ve been mulling this phrase over in my head for quite some time.  What am I going to do?

I’m often told that I must wait to hear what the Lord requires, that I need to be patient and not move too quickly.  I am reminded that we need to sit in contemplation.  I am told that we must not move too quickly for fear of moving ahead of God’s plan for us.

I’m all for not jumping ahead but it seems to me that as Christians we’re being encouraged to do too much sitting.  Far more sitting still than Jesus ever did.  I feel like God is so much about the doing.

Take Micah 6:8 for example

“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously.”

or Matthew 22:37-40

“Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

These two passages are really about doing.  About living and loving.  Being just, kind and fair to your neighbor and living as God wants us to in the world. We are told not to ourselves to seriously. Perhaps all of this contemplation is leading us astray and preventing us from doing.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of hoping, expecting and wishing that things will change.  It’s easy to sit and wait thinking someone else will take care of the mess we’re in.  But God reminds us that the most important thing, the thing that really matters is people.  The rest of our concerns are secondary to the needs of the people around us.  I’m going to listen to God.  I am going to do that thing, that important thing he says, I’m going to love.  I’m going to serve.  I’m going to put myself out there.

Maybe if I do this.  Maybe in this action I will find myself going where God is leading.   After reading this I know what I have to do, I have to become the person God is calling me to be and the only way to accomplish that is in the doing.

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          This post is part of the Gathered Thoughts Link Party that’s happening today at LoveFeastTable.  I was given the prompt by my fantastic hostess Donna at Hey Donna and the task was to write something inspired by that quote.  She sent me the quote on a beautiful card that unfortunately I cannot take a picture of due to a broken camera but as soon as I get it fixed – you’ll see a picture!
          I’m linking up with many others today and would love it if you’d pop over and check out some of the other posts that are going to be featured.  There were 365 cards sent out with inspiring phrases so you’ll be sure to see some amazing posts.  What I’ve read so far has been incredible!

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4 responses to “It’s in the doing…

  1. This is a wonderful, thought provoking post. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. We have a good friend who says, “If your heart is to do the Father’s will, move in that, knowing even if you make a mis-step, He already made provision for that 2,000 years ago. He’s BIG enough to redirect you.” We agree…too much contemplation and waiting, can become a big excuse to not leap out of that boat.
    Thank you for linking up and joining us at the table.
    ~Chris Ann & Kristin

  3. So blessed by this posting and your thoughts on the prompt. Thank you for posting honestly, openly and with a Scripture base.

    ~Samantha
    http://www.thepeanutsgang.com/2012/03/gathered-thoughts-party.html

  4. I finally had some time to come over and read you post! You are speaking my language.

    “I’m all for not jumping ahead but it seems to me that as Christians we’re being encouraged to do too much sitting”

    Amen and amen to this!! I grew up around someone who did way too much waiting on God and not enough moving in His Grace and trusting Him. They missed many amazing opportunities and in the end I think this is a big reason why their marriage did not last. We can wait for a while but sometimes we just need to take a step.

    I love your post! Thanks for joining the link-up I thought it was fun way to me to get out of my box and write more creatively!

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