One of the messages I listened to recently, I think it was Mike Winger on YouTube, but a point was brought up that we need to let our yes be yes. The things we say we are going to do, we need to be accountable to. Though I know this scripture, this really spoke to me in a way I haven’t thought of before.
I have a lot of ideas, maybe it stems from my creativity, but one of them has been to reach out more to others. Since 2015 or so, I’ve felt like I need to write letters to people and send them out. I bought the cards and envelopes. For Americans, Dollar Tree sells a packet of 8 cards for $1, thank you notes, thinking of you, blank inside, etc. I had walked part of the way I need to, I had the cards.
And then…I stopped.
There were people who were sick that I really wanted to send a card to…and I never did. People that later passed away. There were opportunities I had and intended to act upon…and I just didn’t.
When I heard the message of being accountable to what we agree to, I thought how powerful it was. I’ve purposefully reached out and made myself, in the past, accountable by telling others, “I intend to send a card to this person,” and I didn’t. I failed in my accountability. I broke my word, to the ones I told I planned on sending cards and, honestly, to God and myself. He knew my heart and what my intentions were. At the end of the day, we can have the best intentions and do absolutely nothing with them…
Yesterday, there was a moment where I had to sit down and cry out to God. There were a lot of things I brought up, but one was asking Him for the Holy Spirit to be my ambition and energy. For Him to guide me, like a toddler, by the hand, to grip my feet, as scripture encourages, and push me to reach out.
(NIV) Psalm 116:08, “For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,”
Finally, I sat down and wrote out some cards. All I have to do now is mail the letters, which I plan to do soon. I have something else I have to mail so I can do it all at once.
It was a relief and a joy to finally sit down to do something I should have done for these five years. Time truly is short, and we do not have the luxury to bail on our “yes”. There are consequences for it, and some we cannot repair or change at all.
I encourage you to go to the Lord and seek what He is putting on your heart, mind, and spirit. Is there anything you felt you needed to do and haven’t acted on but it’s always there in the back of your mind? Give it to the Lord and seek His strength.
God listens to His people when they cry out to Him!
(NIV) James 5:12, “Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.”
Update: An hour or so after I published this, I found out one of the ladies I wrote a letter to passed away. Please act on what the Lord puts on your heart. Lift up this family in prayer. The woman who passed away always encouraged me when I talked to her about my blog, and I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated that.
Has there ever been a time you said “yes” but never walked forward in action?
Monthly Scripture- (NIV) Psalm 85:01, “You, LORD, showed favor to Your land; You restored the fortunes of Jacob.”
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