do more than wish

17 07 2008

I’m going to start today’s post off with a quote I found recently:

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.  Don’t let yourself indulge in vain wishes. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Like with all good quotes, there’s more to it if you take the time to “unpack” it and apply it to your life.  I could go in several directions with this, but I won’t keep you long.  🙂

It’s basically saying that you don’t accomplish something by just wishing / hoping for it to happen — you have to make it happen.  It’s your responsibility.  Often we judge ourselves by our good intentions, our wishes.  For example, we might say we want to know the Bible better and to pray more, so we think we’re doing good.  Those are noble wishes, for sure.  But if we just keep thinking that and not ever making it happen, then they are just vain wishes and we won’t ever cross that sea.

So if you want to know God more, you have to spend the time with Him and His Word.  If you want your personality to improve, you have to be more disciplined and make those changes (and often go through the necessary trials to exercise those “muscles”).  If you want your life to be better, just wishing for it to be so in the future doesn’t make it so — you need to make it so.  The things we do today determine our future.  Wishing for something to happen is a good first step, but you don’t cross the sea in one step.

So decide what you want out of life and determine to make it happen.  Don’t just hope things change — do what you can to bring about those changes.  If you don’t do it, who will do it for you?

(FYI, this isn’t meant to ignore God’s part in helping us become who we should be and accomplish what we should, but I wanted to emphasize that we have to take responsibility to do our part.  Jesus has already done all that is necessary on His side for us to live a victorious, overcoming life.  We have to receive those promises in faith and live in His covenant.)

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