I was sitting down just now to write a blog post, when something happened that took all the air out of me. All of the sudden I didn't want to write, I didn't want to blog, I didn't want to do anything creative. I started shutting down.
Then it hit me, square between the eyes. The reason I had a million WIPS going at once, the reason I am not going to the Influence conference this year, the reason most of my bucket lists go untouched. The simple fact is, it is far easier to make plans than to follow through. For all my talk of wanting to be a writer, for all me claiming to have big dreams, it is far to easy for me to walk away the minute things get uncomfortable.
It is far to easy to voice a passion with out actually acting on it. It is far to easy to speak the language of intentionality with out practicing it. In a Facebook-Pinterest-Instagram world it is far to easy to "like" something and then move on. I am far to content with slacktivism and planning imaginary parties in my head. But all of that just adds up to a bunch of nothing. It doesn't matter how many ideas I pin or articles I read I am not putting my knowledge to use.
When some one is truly passionate about something it is obvious to every one around them. They talk about it, they live it out, they share it with those around them. It is more than a passing fad or idle hobby to them, it's a consuming fire. They are fully committed to their passions no matter the cost.
There are things I WANT to feel that way about. My relationship with God, my family, my writing. But to be honest it is to easy to coast by putting in minimal effort and calling it good. I have been satisfied too long with make plans and walking away. It is time to look at my life and take some action. The best intentions are worthless unless they are acted on.
I realize that different seasons in life will affect my ability to pursue the things that are on my heart but, if I truly have a desire for them, I will pursue them on some level no matter what my season. It's time to read my bible, play with my kids, and share what's on my heart.
So here is to stepping beyond planning and "wanting to" and actually doing something with my time.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.