If You Don’t Show Up You Can’t Complain

How many times have we heard people complain after an election, or a meeting? The ones who complain the loudest are the ones who never show up. They haven’t done their homework; their research and they haven’t heard all sides. They are the ones who have an opinion about everything and yet have no facts about anything.
How many times have we found ourselves in the same position? We think we know things when we don’t know what we don’t know. The reason we don’t know is because we didn’t show up. For whatever reason we couldn’t be bothered, maybe other things got in the way.
The same can be said in our Spiritual life. If one doesn’t show up, one can’t complain. Well, one can, however, it makes one look foolish.
There is an old saying that one should never go into a battle unarmed. We are also told that in Scripture. And yet we do it everyday when we don’t show up and then complain. Without fail we wind up dying the death of a thousand cuts because others are more informed than we are.
Trying to make an informed opinion based on a few words is like trying to empty a boat with a hole in the hull, using a small teaspoon. It just doesn’t work. Remember, the next time you feel the need to complain, ask yourself this question, “Did I show up?”
Make it a habit to Show up!

If A Door Closes

I read this the other day and it is so true on so many levels, “If a Door Closes, quit banging on it. Whatever was behind it was not meant for you. Consider the fact that maybe the door was closed because you were worth so much more than what was on the other side.”
On the surface one might argue the point. However, on closer observation these words could not be truer. We sell ourselves short in our self-worth and many times we go after things that are not worth our time, effort or peace of mind.
We must be mindful of closed doors, we must trust that whatever was behind that door was not good for us, worthy of us or needful of us. Why waste our time banging on a door that will never open? It only makes our hand hurt.
I have done that many times and then wasted energy being angry because that door refused to open. I hope I have gotten past that and understand on a higher level that sometimes closed doors are good. They prevent us from making bad decisions which result in even worse consequences.
On the flip side of that coin when a door is opened never be afraid to walk through it. You might be surprised at the results.
closed door

Somebody Needs To….

Somebody needs to….. How many times have we either heard this phrase or stated it our self. It doesn’t matter if it is in the business world, our home life or even in the Lord’s Church. Somebody needs to…
I want to know who Somebody is and what mother or father would name their child Somebody. I find myself making this statement when I hear that sentence. “Well, since Somebody is missing in action, why don’t you do it?”
You see we are all Somebody. We have to ask ourself, if not me then who? If not now, then when? All of us are gifted. All of us have some talent or skill that we can use to create something special for the Lord and our fellow man. The only time we are too old is when we no longer breath God’s air.
I have heard, “I don’t have time, I am to old, I have small children, I have to do this or that, I work all the time.” I have also been guilty of those very excuses, and yet, I managed to find time for other things of less importance.
No matter how young or old we perceive ourself to be, we can do something. We are Somebody. While we may not be in front of a class teaching or sitting around a kitchen table teaching, by our very actions we are teaching by example. It might not bear fruit in an instant, but like a tree it grows and matures, and the fruit comes.
So, why not be that Somebody that needs to……