Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Psalm 27:14 (TPT)
Be Brave and Courageous – The Edit Series – Part 5
Just start somewhere.
When you’ve got a big idea for a project, a job, a holiday, or even for your life, it stays an idea until you DO something. But sometimes dreams are nicer than the here and now. If you only dream about your dreams, they are held in a mystical “what if” container where they remain untarnished by the realities of hard work. Sometimes that container exists not so much because we’re too lazy or scared to start, but because we don’t know when, where, or how to start. We wait to be told; we wait to be invited, we wait until our dreams are delivered to us – reality wrapped up – on a silver platter.
Do you want to know a secret to getting started?
Anne Lammot says:
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper.”
Almost all good business, marriages, friendships, parenting, artworks, policies… all of it, begins with terrible first efforts. Terrible in relation to what the finished product will be. You need something to work with; you need the blocks of effort and action to build with.
We often hear scripture about courage and fear when we’re facing “a battle,” but I think those verses are so key for the “starting” moments in our lives.
“Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!” (Ps 27:14 TPT.)
We’ll talk about the “never disappointing you” part of that verse in another series… And the ‘keep on waiting' part? It doesn’t mean that you hang around doing nothing waiting for God to show up. It’s an active expectation of what is to come while you’re on your way there.
Starting is hard. Its awkward, humble, and often scary. But if you don’t start, you have nothing to work with.
Energy is cumulative. By spending more if it, you create more of it. You’ll never have what you need to start because what you need comes to you on the way.
So today, make a choice. Even if your first steps or decisions or actions are terrible (and they probably won't be), “Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope.”
Written by Liz Milani
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