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Updated: Jun 3, 2023

Make it Happen! What a bold and strong statement. You might resonate strongly with its sentiment, or you might feel resistance towards it. Speaking honestly, I would have to say that this statement is not one that I have readily embraced. For me, it conjures up an image of forcing something to happen and that doesn’t sit well with me. My personality resists the thought of forcing things to happen. I’ve always been more apt to believe that if things are meant to be then they will be. Sure, I believe that there’s a part that I must play but I’ve never felt strongly that I must make it happen. As if it is all up to me. There are many factors at work in the process of accomplishing things in this life. And having faith in the whole process is a big part of the picture for me. But I’m realizing that perhaps there is more to the idea of making it happen than I first realized. You see, the purposes to which we have been called also call us to action. Things don’t just happen without our involvement and input. As one wise saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves.” To that end then action is not forcing things to happen, it merely facilitates the process through which our purpose is realized.

God has created us with specific skills and talents and there’s a special role for us to fill on this earth. The role varies widely for each individual but the process of fulfilling that role remains the same. We are to take up the responsibility of that role and act accordingly. Sadly, I think we often find ourselves living beneath our potential because we are afraid of failing or we fear that our performance will not be good enough. Maybe we doubt that we even have a calling at all. And if we do acknowledge it; we are terrified to embrace it. So, we default to a place of playing it safe. But this strategy keeps us stuck in no man's land and prevents us from becoming all that we can be. It stunts our growth. Or we fall into the comparison trap that tells us we can’t do something as well as someone else. So, to save us from an embarrassing attempt we don’t do anything. How sad is that? We have things to contribute to our world and we live in fear and silence neglecting that which can help make this world a better place.

Today I’m challenging my mindset on this matter. I’m feeling it is time to step out of my comfort zone and step into new territory. I’m breaking free from limiting beliefs that say I’m not good enough. I’m not going to worry about failing. After all, failing isn’t really a failure. It’s just a learning experience. Therefore, I need not wait for things to be perfect before I act. I’m embracing the fact that if I am going to move forward toward living the things in my life that really matter, I will have to make it happen now. Now is the day to act. Tomorrow never comes.

Is anyone with me?

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