Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We Have to Do the Work, Too, but Don't Worry

When I was younger, I wanted so badly to do well on an exam that I put my notes under my pillow. My belief was that if I held the notes close to me, the information would just seep into my brain, while I was sleeping.

Of course, I knew that wasn’t possible and I’m embarrassed to admit that I was old enough to know that it wasn’t. 

Believing that it would work was one thing, but in order to actually do well I needed to the work. I should have also studied a little bit more than I did, and then believed I would do well.

Sometimes, when there are things we hope for, need, or want, we’re also called into action to assist in the “making it happen” process.

I could pray until I am blue in the face for additional finances to help me make ends meet, when God knows I probably can limit some of my expenses and make my income last more.

I might also think about going a vacation, but unless I actually budget it out, make connections with the people involved, and ask for the time off, I’m not going to magically end up on a plane to this destination! 

Everything does happen for a reason, and I believe they are more than coincidences.

I have found a direct connection between that which we hope for and what actually happens. Most often, there are two connecting dots. 

The first is in praying, hoping, or believing in “it”. The second, is in actually doing something about it. 

I’ve also learned, that sometimes the answer is simply, “No.” 

Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)
“‘For I know I have the plans I have for you,’ 
declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

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