If you know me, you know that the title of this post doesn’t always describe me. I don’t like decisions, I have a hard time with change, and I would rather stay passive than stir things up most of the time.
But lately, I’ve been reading a book called The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. A friend of mine gave it to me before I moved and told me that it helped her through each of her moves – and I can see why. Each chapter has a different decision, or lesson, at the end that the main character is supposed to learn to help make his life better.
Just last night I had a hard time getting through a particular chapter because I thought I couldn’t relate to it; I thought it wasn’t making sense – similar to the character in the book. By the end of the chapter, when I reached the “decision,” I quickly realized how wrong I was.
Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past. My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet. When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this moment. I choose now.
I am a person of action. I am energetic. I move quickly.
Knowing that laziness is a sin, I will create a habit of lively behavior. I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. The lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward and forward into activity and accomplishment. Wealth and prosperity hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person who moves quickly.
I am a person of action. I inspire others with my activity. I am a leader.
Leading is doing. To lead, I must move forward. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are caught up in his wake. My activity will create a wave of success for the people who follow. My activity will be consistent. This will instill confidence in my leadership. As a leader, I have the ability to encourage and inspire others to greatness. It is true: an army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep!
I am a person of action. I can make a decision. I can make it now.
A person who moves neither left nor right is destined for mediocrity. When faced with a decision, many people say they are waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me! He has given me a healthy mind to gather and sort information and the courage to come to a conclusion. I am not a quivering dog, indecisive and fearful. My constitution is strong and my pathway clear. Successful people make their decisions quickly and change their minds slowly. Failures make their decisions slowly and change their minds quickly. My decisions come quickly, and they lead to victory.
I am a person of action. I am daring. I am courageous.
Fear no longer has a place in my life. For too long, fear has outweighed my desire to make things better for my family. Never again! I have exposed fear as a vapor, an impostor that never had any power over me in the first place! I do not fear opinion, gossip, or the idle chatter of monkeys, for all are the same to me. I do not fear failure, for in my life, failure is a myth. Failure exists only for the person who quits. I do not quit.
I am courageous. I am a leader. I seize this moment. I choose now.
I am a person of action.
This lengthy portion of the book stepped on my toes in so many ways. It also opened my eyes to something I’ve known for a long time, but never quite realized the importance! Underneath the heading, my friend wrote “Colossians 3:23-24,” which says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Being energetic, courageous, active, moving quickly, being a leader – all of these directly apply to working heartily at whatever you do. They each directly apply to being a Christian or even just a successful leader.
I won’t comment on everything he said, because he said it better than I can, but I will say this: Action here means making decisions; it means being OK with change and doing it joyfully. No one can both mope and act. No one can be lazy and and lively. No one can be (unhealthily) fearful and courageous. But in order to work at anything heartily, successfully, in a way the would please God, it only makes sense to be the latter. And to do that we have make a decision to move forward and think about now.
Andrews touches on so many aspects of life that I struggle with and I know others do, too. I can no longer excuse fear or worry or even despair about any given thing as “just how I am” or “my personality.” Because when I was baptized into Christ, I came back up as a new person. Someone who no longer succumbs to fear or mediocrity. Someone who is going to act for the gospel’s sake. Someone who is going to have zeal and energy for Christ. Someone who understands what it means to be a leader by example and teaching – no matter where I am, what season of life I’m in, or who I’m with. And I’m to do all of this humbly (James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34). The world needs zealous teachers, examples, and doers, not people who are fearful, lazy, and indecisive. This is how we set examples and become encouragers. It’s how we focus on the goal. Just like we can choose to be happy and joyful (posts here and here), we can choose to be people of action.
No matter my circumstances, I am to choose to act when given the choice (and I always have a choice), because it starts with a renewed mindset. I can choose to act through prayer and grace, with God’s help. My “decisions come quickly, and they lead to victory.”
I am a person of courage, of energy, of decision, of confidence, of consistency, and of leadership.
I am a person of action.