Stop Waiting, Start Living

There is nothing I hate more than waiting. I’m that person that shows up 'right on time', not minutes before, and generally not late. I guess you could say I am a quality time person; which by definition means that I guard my time. Although, I love spending time with people, and give my time and attention to amazing things, I also guard every moment. This can be a good thing, but it also has its drawbacks. Safe guarding my time has meant keeping a tight reign on my resources, dreams and destiny. 

I’ve spent many years waiting. Let’s start with the obvious; waiting to be married. I’m a single girl in my 40’s who never got married, and has never been close to being married. So for many years I waited for life to start, and for things to fall into place. I became accustomed to my life, and to this place of waiting. To be honest, I got really comfortable sitting around waiting. But more than that, I was waiting for my life to begin. All of my friends had moved on, having kids, doing great things and my life was standing still. 

Is your life standing still?

Are you in the process of waiting for something to happen in your life that will change everything? Maybe you are in the late stages of finishing school so that you can get your dream job - so you’re waiting. Perhaps you have been married for sometime, and are now trying to have children, but it is not happening - so you wait. There are many reasons we wait; for healing, to get out of debt, to get in better shape, or to finally have the time we need to make a change. 

Standing the place of waiting can be isolating and painful. Waiting for a dream or a promise to come to life can be very lonely and potentially debilitating. If you are waiting, I want to encourage you to step forward. It’s time to take ownership of your life. 

When I say take ownership it means that I believe we can be actively moving towards something greater than we even knew possible. Maybe you have heard this expression a time a or two “I am waiting on God”. I’ve said it. Let’s be real here. That phrase became my excuse to sit and do nothing. I was waiting on God to do something that He had already positioned me for. Waiting on God was never meant to be passive, it is something that should be active in our lives. 

We can begin moving forward when we are willing to risk the position God has placed us in, and when we allow Him to use us in our current circumstances. This may be hard to hear because you believe that God has given you a dream or a promise and you have not seen it come to pass. In no way am I saying to give up and move on. In fact, what I am telling you is to hold the dream before Him and then take a step towards your destiny. You’ll know if you overstep. If that’s the case, then take a step back. Take a risk. Start living your life! 

It may start with something as simple as applying for new job, or contacting an old friend for coffee. Perhaps you may be sensing it something bigger like starting a new business. Be faithful with what God has given you. Serve where He has placed you. You are already living your life. 

What change can you make right now to begin taking ownership over your life?

We are better together.