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Fall is here. The temperature is dropping, the leaves are turning, the days are getting shorter, and the kids are fully settled into their routines after the first month back to school. Such is the changing of seasons; beyond our control, yet refreshing – a welcome change of scenery that keeps life interesting. Even among the natural change that surrounds us, it can feel as if we are stuck in the same unhealthy patterns of inaction – patterns that prevent us from embracing with contentment the life God has given us and using it to honor him. So, what do we do? Talk a little more about the change we want to make? Watch another motivational speaker on YouTube? No…
Enough talk! Enough books! Enough Googling! Enough strategic planning! Enough philosophizing! One more app is not the answer.
It’s time to get up and DO SOMETHING!
C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters from the viewpoint of a senior level devil teaching a junior level devil the art of tempting humans. In one pointed lesson, the mentor instructs his mentee to keep humans from actually putting what they know into practice.
The great thing is to prevent [the Christian from] doing anything. As long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance. Let the little brute wallow in it. Let him, if he has any bent that way, write a book about it; that is often an excellent way of sterilizing the seeds . . .
Screwtape Letters, 60
When we know what we need to do and refuse to do it, we sterilize the seeds of action. With no action comes no change. No change keeps us stuck right where we are.
So . . . get up right now and DO SOMETHING! Get the exercise you have been talking about. Make the call you’ve been putting off. Start the daily devotions you have been meaning to get around to. Don’t sterilize the seed. DO SOMETHING!