by Lee Wood
There’s an old saying that if you want a change in your life, then you need to change your life. The crazy thing is that we don’t like change. We resist change because it’s very uncomfortable. Most people want the results of change without the discomfort that comes with it. I’m one of them. It comes naturally in this broken state.
I’ve been an entrepreneur half of my adult life. One of the exciting benefits of being an entrepreneur is you get to help and encourage other people to achieve their own dreams. Other than my faith and family, I can’t think of anything else in my life that has been more fulfilling.
For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
There’s another old saying that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. One of the things I found frustrating is trying to help people who don’t want to be helped. I’ve experienced many times how people say they want a change in their lives, but were unwilling to make the necessary commitments to get them to their self-proclaimed wants and desires. Sadly, I saw many talents and gifts go unused and wasted.
As I look back at all the people that came in and out of my life, there were just a few who took what I shown them and made their lives better. One of the hardest lessons is to know when and who to help. I believe this is especially difficult for Christians.
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. Matthew 7:6
So how do we know who to help so that we don’t keep flying our plane into the side of the mountain? I believe the answer is revealed in scripture when Jesus was with the disciples after the crucifixion. Specifically, he was speaking with Peter. In my humble opinion, Jesus was telling Peter to “prove it”. Peter is one of my favorite disciples. He was very ambitious and was always leaping before he was looking when he saw an opportunity. He was a trailblazer. My kind of guy. The problem with that is you can get into situations of hardship you didn’t realize were coming.
So who do we help and spend more time with? Those with the desire to “prove it”. Who’s willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk?
Do you want more love in your life? Prove it. Do you want a better marriage? Prove it. Do you want more money and more time? Prove it. Do you want to lose weight and get fit? Prove it.
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:17
I’m as guilty as the next person in saying and not doing. I‘ve wasted a lot of precious time and blessings because I was closed-minded to the things God wanted to give me. It’s unhealthy to compare ourselves to each other. We don’t know how they got here. So we should never lose sight of those who may not be ready to prove it. We should continue to love on them until God strikes a fire under their rear ends. But until then, help those who want to be helped and let the rest see our light and success.
God speed and PROVE IT!!!
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