Fresh Hope – 22nd September 2020

Aesop the Ancient Greek story teller observed “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”


How true this is. We can often boast about tomorrow as if it has nothing to do with what we are or aren’t doing today!


Another saying is The road to hell is paved with good intentions or an alternative form is “hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works“.


This sounds harsh, as though there’s something wrong with good intentions, but what it’s saying is there’s nothing wrong with them but there’s nothing right with them either if they don’t materialise into action. 


At my place of work we are always trying to move away from a ‘meeting culture’ where lots of people are involved in lots of discussion but there’s not always a lot of action resulting. A big danger to a business with a ‘meeting culture’ is a false sense of security that’s created as people feel something has been achieved but in reality nothing has changed. It’s the resulting actions being put into practice that makes progress.
The same can happen in our everyday life, we can feel better about ourselves and situations when we meet and talk with people about what we’re planning to do to move forward as if somehow by talking about it makes it feel like progress has been made. It hasn’t. We need to start moving, even if just little baby steps in the direction of what we want to achieve or do.


If you’ve been threatening to start a business venture for a long time I encourage you today to make preliminary calls, get quotes, scope out projects, create business plans, leaflet areas, make inroads, apply to banks, get the ball rolling and stop talking about it, just do it!


I’m not saying it will work, but you won’t know unless you try! Failure isn’t a problem, never trying is the problem. Failure leads to learning, lack of activity can’t lead to anything. If fear of failure is holding you back, let go, it’s better to have tried and failed than to have never tried. 
Maybe you’ve been talking or thinking about putting some things right in your life, making a call to a family member you fell out with 5 years ago! Stop reading now and put a time in your diary to make that first move.


Maybe you know you need to start the day better creating time to read and pray but haven’t yet made a plan, stop reading right now and set your alarm.


Don’t procrastinate, plan, apply, apologise, move!
Jesus has done everything necessary for us to live an exciting life of authority, stepping out taking risks and making things happen! Let’s move today and see what great stories we can create for us to talk about, instead of talking about what stories we would like to create. 

Just do it!

Luke Cartwright

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