Monday, October 12, 2015

20 Days Left - Lessons I've Learned as an Expat


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22

There are two types of people on this earth.  Those who come up with amazing ideas and talk a lot and those who follow through with ideas.  What has really struck me, within the church in America, is how many people talk a lot.  They sit around in Bible studies, or after church or just whenever they get together and they begin talking.  They have great solutions for the world, great criticisms of the way things are being done, great passions and great ideas.  But, they never move beyond the ideas.  Overseas, I've noticed that there's not a lot of talk.  People seem to be too busy working out the ideas they have.  They follow through with the passions in their hearts.  

I think part of this is personality. Some people are natural doers. On the other hand, I get how hard it is to put an idea into motion. There's a lot of risk involved. You pour yourself into something sometimes only to have it ripped apart by other people or not work out. Some of those people work for years and years and never have the outcome they dreamed of.

I admire those people.  I respect the hard work it takes to follow through on a dream or a passion.  I want to encourage more people to stop talking and start doing.  Figure out a small thing that you can do to make your dream or idea become a reality.  You don't have to pack-up your bags and move across an ocean.  Maybe you just need to start serving soup to the poor or helping kids read at the local school.  Just do something.

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