Snap Out of It and Get Going
There are times in life when we need to shift gears out of our Being (the spiritual, psychological, emotional) and pop the clutch into Doing (action, execution, service.) Times when we’ve been prayerful enough, thoughtful enough, and healed enough to say “Enough is enough. Let’s roll.”
If you’ve read my book and my blogs, you know I’m not some rah-rah guy that pumps people up into a frenzy of false courage and activity. You know I’m big on helping people understand their fears, their wounds, their flawed thinking, and how the gospel frees them up from all that. I’m big on making sure people understand and leverage their skills and gifting. And, I know the danger of empty motivation and how it creates false hope. (Think about the “Weary Worker” of The Joy Model.)
But there comes a time when we simply need to snap out of it and get going. To realize that our relationships, finances, work, and schedule will never present "the perfect time" to finally embark on the adventure of playing our unique role in making a positive difference in the world. At some point in time, we all need to get on with it and engage in a mission that “sets the captives free”--- whether that’s in the context of business, education, politics, healthcare, your local church, your country club, your health club, or your neighborhood.
So here are 7 Action Steps for those of you who just “know that you know” that it's time to get off the bench and into the game:
1. Stop – for the time being – all the self-evaluation, personal reflection and navel-gazing. Start thinking externally. Start thinking lovingly. Start thinking: “What’s the problem in the world that’s driving me crazy, breaks my heart and that I can’t NOT do something about?”
2. Take 45 minutes to surf the internet to find which people and organizations are currently making a dent in that problem.
3. Call two people you know who might also know who’s working on the problem.
4. Reach out the people/organizations doing that work and offer your time, talent and treasure. Jump in!
5. Read at least one book on the topic. Sink your teeth into it. Learn. Whether the issue is poverty, education, drugs, loneliness, evangelism, health, oppression, or crime, become an expert.
6. Find two groups to hang with. Start with your current friends/family and let them know what you are doing and how they can hold you accountable and encourage you. Also, start hanging (virtually or face-to-face) with people who are fired up about solving the same problem you are.
7. In a parallel to all this Doing, keep nurturing your Being. Don’t let the scales tip too far one way or the other.
Jesus had a rhythm of life that could best be described as “Time with God. Time with fellow warriors. Time fighting the battle He was called to fight.” Commit to building that rhythm into your life.
"The whole creation waits breathless with anticipation for the revelation of God’s sons and daughters." (Romans 8:19 CEB)