It’s amazing how we can think too little or too much. We can think about a desire or idea to the point of it’s suffocation or we can move on it without letting it fully form – to it’s demise.
God has given us these two pieces of counsel:
“Desire without knowledge is not good – how much more will hasty feet miss the way!” Proverbs 19:2 NIV
“Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.” James 1:22 NCV
Personality assessments tell us that we tend to be either more impulsive or more contemplative. Aside from “personality” theory I think, from all the stories I’ve heard over the years, we are predominately contemplative…or perhaps more accurately hesitant, suppressed, idle or passive.
I ran across this thought from Oswald Chamber in The moral foundation of life : A series of talks on the ethical principles of the Christian life:
“We are not meant to spend our lives in the domain of intellectual thinking. A Christian’s thinking ought never to be in reflection, but in activities. The philosopher says, “I must isolate myself and think things out”; he is like a spider who spins his web and only catches flies. We come to right discernment in activities; thinking is meant to regulate the doing….Think of the time we waste in talking to God and in longing to be what He has already made us instead of doing what He has told us to do!
Perhaps the increased understanding we desire about our life and calling can only be found in it’s offering (“activities”). Perhaps we are stuck, not for a lack of understanding, but for lack of initiated movement. Perhaps instruction will come as we create motion, as with a CD of beautiful music that cannot be heard or perceived until it begins to spin.
As I am writing these thoughts, I am reminded of the verse:
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 NLT
Let’s offer together what we have at this moment, be it a little or a lot, and let it begin.
“Though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.” Job 8:7 NRSV