I DARE YOU
I’m going to be bringing you some steps you can take to bring spiritual abundance in your life. I’m not talking financial gain, although that could be a side effect of following these steps. What I’m talking about is bringing a quality to your spiritual life that you didn’t have, or think you could have, before.
Don’t be confused. These steps are simple, common-sensical actions you can take that will make a big impact on your life. And, yes, you’ve heard them all before. So, let’s begin with BEGIN.
You have to start somewhere. Change your mind. Clean your closets. Organize your life. But start with one step.
In other words, tell yourself you will not think negatively about (insert whatever it is holding you back in life), but instead look for the positives in any given situation. Countless movies have been blockbusters because they were feel good stories about people in dire situations making the most of their circumstances and overcoming. You can do it.
Then, take two things out of your closet and get rid of them. You know you haven’t used them in forever. Just do it. This gives you more space and allows you to move on with other things that do matter in life. Trust me. You’ll feel better when you’ve done it.
Last, make a plan for something in your life. Set a goal to do something you want to do, but that you’re afraid of doing, or you feel insecure with putting yourself out there for. It doesn’t even have to be big. I’ve done small things such as smile and tell someone they look nice today. For those of us who are introverts, this is a big step. But determine it in your mind to do it, and then do it.
So, have I practiced what I’m preaching here?
At the start of this year I determined I was going to put myself out there and send my manuscripts out to a list of at least a dozen agents/editors that were accepting the types of stories I had written. It took me awhile to organize it, but with the help of a blog that forwards information via email about new acquiring agents/editors, I quickly logged almost twenty names. I polished up my query, had a friend look it over to be sure it was clean, and following the guidelines on how to submit to each person, sent out a dozen queries.
But the important thing is that I put myself out there, with something I’m insecure about (sending out my manuscripts) and I managed to cross off those manuscripts and “clean out my manuscript closet” by getting them out of the unused section of my life. It also gave me the boost I needed to move on to plotting my next novel.
What is the spiritual gain by doing these three easy steps? You will be using your God-given talents to further your light in the world. Don’t be the servant Jesus criticized that didn’t trust his Master enough to do something with the talents he was given (Matt: 25 14-30).