"In the same way, faith by itself, if is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:17
With 2011 winding down and 2012 fast approaching, many of us get into the habit of "resolving" what we will do differently in the new year. We make all this effort to set a new goal, promise to accomplish that dream deferred or simply say enough is enough to a specific issue that we need to turn around for the better. No offense to those who set new years resolutions, but I truly believe resolutions are doomed to fail. I really do. A resolution is simply an affirmation for yourself that has little to no follow through due to lack of action. Sure, we are ready to start anew with a renewed mind, spirit, and vision in 2012, but how many of you actually have a plan in place to see it through?
Here are common resolutions that we tend to set when a new year approaches. Getting in shape and losing weight. What action plan do you have in place? Saving more money. What steps are you taking towards financial freedom? Continuing your education. Have you applied for the upcoming school year? If not, what's holding you back? A vision is meaningless without an action plan. No action plan defeats the purpose of having a vision. Vision and action are mutually exclusive.
Most of us have all fallen short of our vision. Life just happens sometimes and the plans we have in place may go a different direction. Often times, God places the vision on our hearts and shows us what will be, but there may be a few snags and setbacks along the journey. However, that does not mean to give up or make it a last priority. It simply means to trust that God knows the plans for you. He has already written your story. It is up to you to follow His lead. The vision is just the beginning. In order to make it a reality, action must follow. In the course of action, remain steadfast through the journey. It WILL be a challenge. Nothing worth having will be easy. You may be stretched beyond your limits, but just know, when God stretches you He is testing you. It's only a test. Continue to keep the faith, remain diligent in your works, you will come out on the other side clean and victorious!
Get out there and turn your vision into a reality. The hardest thing is getting started. Once you get the ball rolling, there is no telling what God will have in store for you! What do you want to see happen in 2012? What is your action plan? Write it down, blog about it, pray about it, but most off all, JUST DO IT! Wishing a you an action-packed year in 2012! Let's get it!