Wednesday, April 8, 2009
While We Wait
So, yesterday we learned that God has plans for us to have a great future. Today, I'd like to make sure we're all reminded in our role while waiting on this future to play out. Sometimes, it's tempting to just hang out and wait, saying things like "God will work it out" or "I'm just waiting to see what God's plan for me is". Bad choice. We should always be looking and listening for God and His direction. Ready to leap at His call, even if it's leading us toward a different future than we'd imagine. But, that's not a license to be lazy.
Take these words from the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 6:6-11 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. -NLT
Wow! These words don't hold anything back. If we just sit around waiting on God to deliver us from our troubles, we are the lazybones this passage speaks of. What can you do to help while you anticipate the plans for a hope and a future we talked about yesterday in Jeremiah 29:11? Did you post a resume and leave it? Do you contact job openings in the Sunday paper? Or, are you calling businesses and walking in their doors to let them know you are available and willing to do what it takes? Meanwhile, how about flipping burgers, or mowing a lawn or two (it's not just for 14yr old boys but for adults responsible enough to do what it takes).
Things I'm doing while (keyword while as in at the same time as) I wait for my business to grow to goal size include substitute teaching, working part time doing kids programs for Mad Science of OKC, tile installation (pulling from an old trade of mine). And any other thing someone needs help with that will aide my family in paying the bills.
What are you doing to make it through the tough economic stretch? Got any ideas?