One thing I love about our kids is that they will play with just about anything.
What appears to be a decomposing leaf on the ground to an adult, is a leafy princess to our daughter. Every plant, every piece of rubbish, every miscellaneous household item is filled with opportunity!
Rather than wait for the ‘perfect toy’, kids will use their imagination to make the most of every resource within their reach.
Unfortunately, somewhere down the line we grow up and become adults.
We slowly begin to lose our capacity to make lemonade out of lemons, and turn trash into treasure. We assess opportunities based on how spectacular they look, and confuse hard work as being a ‘sign’ that this is not the way we should go.
But if we are to “inherit the kingdom”, we must become like children again! Rather than waiting for the ‘perfect opportunity’, we need to be like children and make the most of where we are and what we have today.
The ‘perfect’ day will never come. If we wait for it, we will never achieve anything:
‘Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest’ – Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)
If we fear failure, we remain chained to our screens living under a self imposed house arrest where our only ‘achievement’ is how many Netflix series we have watched:
‘The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” – Proverbs 22:13 (NLT)
So… so what? You might be killed? As for me, I’d rather die living life to the full than being the living dead wasting away countless hours watching other people’s success and achievements on social media.
Rather than watching what others have created, why not learn to create yourself?
I am inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s slogan: “Move fast and break things”. Rather than waiting for the perfect program, he simply started. As a result, Facebook was born and he completely changed the world!
Rather than waiting for things to be perfect, begin today! Start now. You are guaranteed to make mistakes and break things, but that will only help you grow faster!
The critic may seem wise to themselves, but never achieve anything in life:
‘Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors’ – Proverbs 26:16 (NLT)
But God has given each of us a certain amount of resource, each according to our own abilities. Jesus tells the story of a master who asks his servants to take care of his possessions:
‘He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last – dividing it in proportion to their abilities’ – Matthew 25:15 (NLT)
The first didn’t wait for the perfect conditions, but started right away:
‘He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more’ (25:16)
But the last servant got lazy and waited for a ‘better’ time, maybe when things would be a little easier for him:
‘But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money’
Only the one who made the most of what was given to him was rewarded, and as a result was entrusted with even greater opportunities:
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ (25:21)
Jesus summed up two different types of people: those who make the most of their opportunities and those who waste them:
“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away” (25:29)
Whether you are starting a business, a new friendship, a new line of study, creating content for media, applying for a job or starting a new non-profit, don’t wait any longer. Begin today. There is never a better time to start moving than today!