A life lived in fear is half lived.
Put off for one day and ten days will pass by.
- Korean Proverb
You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you'll get run over.
- Paul H. Dunn
Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
-George S. Patton
for some time now i've "had a dream", and that is about all that it has been. it sits on a shelf, i pick it up and dust it off and set it back down. what holds me back? fear. plain and simple. no other excuses.
i let "others" who i don't even know freak me out and scare me off of it. the things i tell myself --wow, if you could be in my head.
the opposite of fear is faith. it's time to put that into action, quit making excuses and just do it. one of my favorite books of the Bible is james. and i'm reminded of james 2:14-26 --
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
so - there's my answer, there is my nudge. time to take it off the shelf and pay attention to the road signs.
stay tuned . . .