So...if you feel 'called' to do or achieve something in and for your life, what justifies putting it off? Examples:
- You feel you aren't giving adequate time to your family/kids, OR
- You don't see much opportunity for increasing your income in your current vocation and fear finances as you get older, OR
- Your mind is often consumed with a mission/ministry/service you know you could/should provide, OR
- You know that in your current life you are slowly becoming more numb and discouraged and despairing (depressed?) due to negative circumstances or purposelessness, OR
- You have no time to have balance and health in your life, etc…
- Your personal confidence and belief is just...shot.
If the word 'called' doesn't resonate, then replace it with whatever word works for you, such as 'burdened' or 'impassioned.' The point being that every morning and all day, there is a cloud over your life that the present circumstances are not OK. They can't go on forever. You're not content.
And let me make the point that there are MANY, MANY people leading inconsequential lives who do NOT feel much pain as a result. They haven't, and maybe never will be, awakened to more. They'll never serve others or impact another person. They'll just exist, like packing peanuts (filler) in a gift box. You aren't them, for better or worse.
If you aren't actively doing something to change things however, why? Seriously. What is honestly a reasonable justification to put things off? What goes through your head? I'll do it when…
- Kids are older,
- Job is more secure,
- I have enough money set aside or get out of debt,
- Just till things calm down some,
What else, or what do you think about putting off and delaying important things?
Read more further down below:
I posted this discussion on Facebook and talked over the comments in the Free Agent Underground Show. You can read some really inciteful comments here:
And listen to the show here:
Free Agent Underground Show - "What justifies waiting?"
In the show I shared about how Dave Ramsey built his business while still working out of debt. Dan Miller did the same with 48 Days. If those guys had waited till they had all their ducks in a row, we wouldn't have all benefited from what they felt convicted to do.
My story is very much the same. I'm just nearing the end of the hole I dug for myself with past business and financial failures. I'm grateful I didn't wait, as my kids are getting older fast and the lifestyle that I felt convicted to provide for them...is now or never.
Is this a call to throw caution to the wind, not count the costs, risk everything and go after your dreams?
Have caution. Count the costs. Seek counsel. Repeat.
But going after what you you truly believe is best WILL have risks. It WILL be overwhelming. It WILL take much sacrifice. You WILL work harder than every before. The only way to avoid those realities is to do...nothing. Try to stay safe and under the radar.
Do you really think life will subside and the time will ever be right?