No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. — Margaret Thatcher

Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17).

Hopes or wishes not accompanied by action are nothing but dreams. What dreams have you not yet accomplished? Either go after it or reassess what your calling may be. Don’t only consider those things you “think” you can achieve; go well beyond that to things you can’t even imagine possible.

Diversify by Receiving a New Direction

Over the years, I, like many, have experienced some (what seemed to be at the time) traumatic experiences—loss of jobs, relocations, broken relationships, friends who moved away, deaths, etc.

I used to respond to those events by burrowing away, working harder to keep it from occurring again or trying to ignore it altogether. However, I now see those unforeseen changes as a chance for growth. I accept them as an opportunity to move me away from what I was doing or accustomed to doing. 

I see them now as my “Jonah moments.”

Those who cling to worthless idols (like “our own ways”) forfeit the grace that could be theirs (Jonah 2:8).

Oftentimes when we don’t take the initiative to move, change or broaden our lives according to the way we know we should, God has the tendency to do it for us.

Diversify by Living Outside of the Box

In the same way not diversifying our investments can harm us financially, not diversifying how we think, what we do and how we do it limits our potential and ways God can use us. If we’re setting (self-made) parameters on how we operate and what we can accomplish, we won’t ever reach the pinnacle God has created us for.

Have you been able to “predict” what God was going to do in your life? Have you ever experienced something so unique, so unexpected it could have only come from and been achieved by God?

I have determined God does not think like I do nor works “in a box.” 

Jesus didn’t go along with the crowd, worry about their approval nor allowed others to dictate who he was, what he did or when he did it.

And neither should we.

It’s time we diversify our thoughts, think creatively about our calling, allow God to set our direction, live outside our box and take action.

It won’t only change our perspective, but also our life and our relationships.

 

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to cydmg@yahoo.com.