Thought to Ponder: Initiative!!

Thought to Ponder: Initiative!!

Take the Initiative
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Ac 20:35
When the Good Samaritan saw the wounded man the priest and the Levite had “passed by,” he took the initiative and went out of his way to help him. Jesus ended His parable by saying, “Go and do likewise” (Lk 10:37 NKJV). Most of us recognize the value of taking the initiative. We acknowledge its importance in relationships, yet we still don’t do it. We wait for the other person to make the first move. But all that does is lead to missed opportunities. Pastor Malcolm Bane observed, “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.” If you’re serious about helping others, and you want to walk in God’s blessing, don’t wait—initiate! The “perfect moment” seldom arrives. An old Jewish proverb says, “The wise do at once, what the fool does at last.” Initiating a conversation often feels awkward. Offering help means risking rejection. Giving to others can lead to misunderstanding. You won’t feel ready or comfortable in such moments; you just have to learn to get past those feelings of awkwardness and insecurity. To help people, you must go ahead and do what others never quite get around to. So this year take the initiative. Go out on a limb—that’s where the fruit is. (bob gass)


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