Scripture: Proverbs 14 (focus on 23)
Observation: Our actions speak louder than our words; we will be rewarded when we put in the work rather than simply talk about it.
Application: Let’s all make a list of things we’ve talked about doing. Here’s a glimpse at mine:
- Writing a book
- Running a full marathon
- Running a sub-1:45 half marathon
- Running a sub-22:00 5K (Notice a theme yet?)
- Qualifying for the Boston Marathon
- Going vegan
- Getting my nose pierced
- Going to a live taping of “The Price Is Right” (I watched it religiously – every weekday at 11 a.m. – when I was a kid!)
… And those are just a few. It wasn’t until I stopped talking about them and actually started doing the work that I made progress on some of them. (To be honest, I still haven’t gotten close to qualifying for Boston, getting my nose pierced, or going to California for my “The Price Is Right” moment of glory. Also, I decided I like cheese too much to go vegan so there’s that.)
At the end of the day, talk is cheap.
The writer of Proverbs reminds us here that it’s not just what we say but what we do that actually matters.
“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.” (v. 23)
If we want to see results – in our relationships, finances, job, school, health – we have to put in the work.
And with God, we don’t just have to put our heads down and get it done. We have the opportunity to pray, to seek his will, to ask for his strength with whatever it is we’re chasing. We work like it depends on us and pray like it depends on him.
So what’s that dream in your heart, the thing you can’t stop thinking about?
It’s time to take your next step – to stop merely talking about it and start focusing on it, praying about it, working towards it.
As Tim Gunn would say...
Make it work, people.
Prayer: God, I pray over my dreams today, the things I’ve talked about and thought about but haven’t done anything about. I pray that you’ll help my dreams align with your will, and you’ll give me a newfound strength and perseverance to chase after them. Amen.