“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. “
“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.