Monday, November 22, 2010

Just Do It

In order to be successful at something, we must be willing to give it 100%. At least, that's what we have been taught, right? Recently, however, I read an article with a rather unusual twist. According to the author, most people try to jump in with both feet, giving the proverbial 100%, only to give up and abandon ship altogether. He encouraged readers to instead start with 10%. He then went on to highlight the difference a mere 10% could make in regards to ones health.

Take losing weight, for example. Instead of setting your goal on the ultimate amount of weight you would like to lose, he suggests focusing on losing 10% of your total body weight. If you weigh 160, set your goal to lose 10%, or 16 pounds. By doing this, your weight would drop to 144! That's a significant difference!

Or how about getting adequate sleep. If you are currently getting seven hours of sleep at night, he suggests crawling under the covers forty minutes earlier each evening. This would amount to around 10% more sleep a week. Think of the extra energy and productivity you would gain by making this small change. Do you suffer with high blood pressure? Try reducing your daily salt intake by 10% and see what happens. The author went on to list seven other changes, that when given only 10%, would pay huge dividends in a person's overall health.

As I read the article, I found myself nodding my head and thinking, "Yeah, I could do that." Somehow, only focusing on 10% made these changes seem more doable. They no longer felt out of my reach, but rather right at my fingertips. I immediately began to formulate a plan to begin making some of these new lifestyle changes. You know what they say. If we fail to plan, we can plan on failing.

But planning is not enough. In order to be successful, I am actually going to have to implement my plan. This is true for any change we desire in our life. The finish line will never be reached if we aren't first willing to start moving in that direction. In essence, the author of the article I read was simply saying this: start doing something, even if that something is very small.

Getting started is definitely the hardest part. I know for me personally, it's the beginning that usually keeps me from beginning as strange as that may sound and be.
There are so many things I should be doing, yet they remain undone. I just can never seem to get started and that's why the article I read caught my attention. Maybe the whole reason I don't start is I am looking at the big picture. While that in itself is not a bad thing, it can prove to be intimidating enough to keep you and me frozen in our tracks. Starting small seems like a logical starting point to me.

Zerubbabel must of thought so, too:

"After that, the Word of God came to me: "Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you. Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They'll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!"
Zechariah 4:8-10 The Message

Today, what are you putting off until tomorrow? What changes have you been wanting to make but haven't? What pounds need to be lost? What devotions need to be written? What clutter needs to be removed? What classes need to be taken? What bills need to be paid? What dreams live in your heart but still have yet to be birthed into reality?

Come on! Let's do it!!!...and let's start today!

(Note: This first appeared on Heartprints of God on October 1, 2009)

Monday, November 8, 2010

He Is

Almost ten years ago, I had the privilege of attending an Aaron Jeoffrey's concert with my sister. I don't remember a lot about the evening, except for this.

As my sister and I took our seats at the beginning of the concert, I noticed the lady sitting next to me had tears in her eyes. For the entire evening, she gently wiped the tears as the man sitting beside her offered her comfort by stroking her back, holding her hand or simply smiling at her. Not knowing her, I simply acted as though I didn't notice her tears. After all, I didn't want to make her (or myself) feel even more uncomfortable.

Towards the end of the concert, the father and son duo of Aaron Jeoffreys began singing a song. As the words entered my ears and the impact of them entered my heart, I no longer felt anything but the presence of God. In fact, I felt it stronger at that moment than I ever had before.

The song was entitled "He Is". It begins in Genesis and proceeds through the entire Bible, identifying what God is to us in each of the books.

When Revelation came, this lady and I were both on our feet. Without even thinking, and before I even knew how it had happened, we were embracing and praising our Lord together. She and I both had tears....only these were tears of thanksgiving, tears of joy, tears of victory!

Today, maybe you have forgotten ALL that God is in and for you! How we need to be reminded of ALL that HE IS and the difference this makes in our life.

As you watch this video may you, too, come to experience the majesty, the sovereignty, the power, and the love of our God as never before. Don't be surprised if you, too, shed tears of joy, victory and thanksgiving.

Who is like our God? No one! There is only one true God and HE IS!

(Note: This first appeared on GRACEFUL SISTERS on September 14, 2010.)