Inspirational-thought-iconI just finished reading an article in Forbes Magazine about “self-limiting” habits that could keep us from making personal and professional progress in 2014.  One  habit really stood-out to  me today.

“We limit ourselves when we mistake ‘Wishful Thinking’ for ‘Action!”  In other words, simply saying I wish my marriage was better, or I wish I had a degree, or I wish I could get a promotion at work is nothing more than wishful thinking that will not accomplish anything in 2014.

The conclusion was simply… “Stop wishing and start acting and good things will happen.”

And truth be told,  it is that same way in our spiritual life:  If we want to grow spiritually, improve our relationship with God, be a better husband, wife or parent—start doing something, do not just spend your days wishing.

Today, I am reminded of Joshua 1, when Joshua was preparing to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land and God said, Joshua,  “…Be strong and courageous and be careful to do all I have commanded you.  Do not turn from it to the left or to the right…that you may have success wherever you go”  (Joshua 1).

Now that is a clear word of action today and every day! So, make 2014 a year of action and not just wishful thinking.

Have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.d