Today, I’m reflecting on the importance of taking charge of our lives instead of waiting for things to happen. There are a few common sayings that people often use as an excuse to remain passive, such as “With faith all things are possible.” While I believe that everything is ultimately in God’s hands, it’s important to remember that “Faith without works is dead.” In other words, if we claim to have faith but do nothing to act upon it, we don’t really have faith.
Another saying that resonates with me personally is “Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail.” This reminds us that having a plan, no matter how small, is a form of action. It means that we are actively working towards something, rather than passively waiting for life to happen to us. Living without a plan leaves us feeling out of control, stressed, and always waiting for something to happen, hoping that it will be positive, but it usually isn’t.
But what about when life throws challenges our way and everything seems to be going wrong, I think about the phrase, “I reject this reality and substitute it for my own.” This means taking control of the situation by making small changes, even if it’s something as simple as treating yourself to your favorite drink. By substituting something negative for something positive, we can start to shift the course of our day, and truly substitute one reality for another.