Begin Before You Are Ready

This week the Daily Devos are going to be focused on one very simple idea:  Changed people can change the world.  In other words, if you want to change the world, the change you seek needs to begin in you.  

Each day this week, we're going to be exploring practical ways that we can open ourselves up to the transforming power of God in your life.  I hope that these devos will become action items in your life, as I will be striving to make them in mine.  

The first step we're going to be exploring is one that might not make a lot of sense at the outset.  It's a bit of an oxymoron, to be honest.  But when you dig into it, you'll discover that there's life-changing truth embedded in it.  Here it is: 

Begin before you are ready. 

So many people spend their lives preparing for something that they never start because they don't want to start until they are "ready." 

I see this pretty often in my role as a pastor.  People will put off getting involved in a faith community because they don't feel "good enough," or prepared.  And sometimes people will hold the idea of Jesus being a part of their life at arm's length because they don't feel holy enough to be a Jesus follower. 

Jesus had different ideas about his followers.  He had a preference for getting people involved in his movement before they were ready.  

So, if you feel unfinished, incomplete, messed-up, broken, confused, doubtful or just plain not good enough--rejoice!  Jesus is calling you to begin following him before you are ready.  You will make the road by walking.  

And this same wisdom can govern so many aspects of your life.  

If you decide that you will practice beginning before you are ready as a general rule, you won't suffer from "paralysis by analysis."  You won't spend your life on the sidelines watching other people engaged in the game.  You will discover you have more courage than you thought, more capacity for growth.  

And you will be transformed.  

May this be true in your life.  And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.  


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