This blog is all about living life now, about taking action to make life into what you want it to be. If you are stuck in a rut, changing the way you think or doing something differently can be tremendously difficult. Perhaps you know that you want this year to be different, but you don’t have a clue as to how you are going to make it happen.
What’s the first step? Don’t worry! Worry kills all ideas before they even get started. Imagine the scenario: you get an idea and start to think about it but before you’ve even realised it you are finding reasons why you couldn’t possibly manage it. You start to worry how much it might cost, that you could never afford it, that you wouldn’t actually be very good at it, that you wouldn’t be able to give enough time to it. Nothing dampens enthusiasm more than worrying or finding reasons why you shouldn’t do it. Before you know it you will have worried yourself right back to where you started. “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27 NIV) – easier said than done but nevertheless true – worrying will never help you find a solution or help you take positive action. It is one thing to list out sensible reasons to help you evaluate different options but don’t go looking for reasons not to act or start fretting about having too many choices. If that happens, just choose one thing and start from there.
The second step is to be yourself, 100%. Don’t chase after someone else’s vision or dream if your heart isn’t in it. Chase after your own dreams instead. Don’t have a dream? Start dreaming! Start day-dreaming about what you would really love to do. Have a dream/vision notebook so you can jot down or draw ideas. If you are still stuck, start thinking about all the things you loved doing as a child. How did you spend the long school holidays? Perhaps you swam in the sea, surfed, read books, wrote stories, cycled for miles, baked cakes, played football or other sports, socialised with your friends, painted, drew sketches, grew fascinated with wildlife, took photos…the list of possibilities is endless. Think about the things that you chose to fill your time with when no-one else told you what to do. The chances are that those things are the ones you are most passionate about. Perhaps not all of them, some things we will do because our peers did or because we wanted to try them, but maybe just one or two will get you thinking of how you can recreate that childlike zest and enthusiasm for life today.
From a Christian point of view God may lead you to those things you love the most. God knows everything about you (even more than you do) and knows what is the very best for you. He knows what you love doing and He can use it to work out His best plan for you too. What He doesn’t want you to do is hide yourself away and ignore the things He has put on your heart. He wants you to walk His way and to learn more about Him along the way.
“…here’s what I want you to do…I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.” Ephesians 4:2 MSG
Want to live differently in 2012? Seek out new dreams and old passions. Don’t worry if find you don’t enjoy it as much as you thought you would. Dust yourself down and dream again.
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