I Think Therefore I Fail

How we respond to situations often reflects our inner character. Some people are thinkers. Some people are doers. I think I tend to fall into the camp where I end up thinking far more than I end up doing. There are pros and cons to this way of response. My plans are usually well-thought-out, and I do not often end up charging blindly into situations. Unfortunately, I often do not end up doing all that I could or should be doing.


On the opposite end of the spectrum are those that act before thinking. The benefit of this approach is that the doer is more energetic, accomplishes more, and most likely comes closer to fulfilling their personal goals. However, such an approach can lead to bad things happening. If one is to dive into a situation without first thinking about it, there may be unintended consequences for those actions.


These viewpoints are familiar points of discussion for many, and the debate often ends up ending at the conclusion that a modicum of both preparation and action are what we require to truly live to our full potential. This writing is not about how much prep we should do versus how much action we should do. As person who likes to think, I am writing to others who like to think on how we should focus on spending more time doing than thinking.


One of my ultimate goals is to publish a fantasy novel in the same vein as Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. To accomplish this, I first must have a manuscript. To write a manuscript, I first must have my plot, characters, and a universe in which the story takes place. For the better part of fifteen years, I have been developing the lore of my universe. “What’s the problem?” you might ask. I have not written any of the lore down. It is all in my head. I am in the process of writing my book, but I have not written down much of the backstory of the universe I created at all. What would happen to this universe if I were hit by a truck and killed tomorrow?


I think the writers of the Bible could have encountered the very same issues that I am encountering. What would have happened if Paul did not write to all the churches he wrote to? I have faith that the Lord would still have divined a way of showing His glory, but so many people would have missed out on hearing the Word.


If we do not act, nothing can happen. Theoretical knowledge is only useful on academic tests. When it comes to action, we must turn the theoretical into practical lest whatever God wants to use us for remain locked away within our minds and souls. If you are like me and have difficulty acting, remember that actions are what verifies that you have faith. If your actions never come, it means you are a tree that is not producing fruit. What do we do with trees that do not produce fruit? We harvest them, turn them into lumber, and build homes for those who can sow seeds to grow more trees that bear fruit.


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I was born in Hickory, NC and I have been on a quest to share the glory of God. I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Appalachian State University in 2017. I hope to use my ability to write to spread the message of God throughout this world and try my best to embody the virtues befitting the kingdom of God.

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