Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.” Habakkuk 2:2
What 3 bold actions do you want to take in the balance of 2018? Taking time to write down your plans, visions or dreams is always a helpful step in seeing something move from just being an inspired thought to becoming an impactful reality.
For years I have made it a personal practice to do this weekly, monthly and annually. I found this simple exercise has helped me to stay focused and motivated in taking bold action. For example, on my desk is a card with 10 Bold Actions that our Network Leadership Team established at the beginning of 2018. It has served as a reminder and inspiration as we have journeyed together this significant year.
The practice is not intended to become a burden, but rather to be a tool that keeps us focused on our God-ordained mission. This is why it is valuable to revisit the Great Commission often as leaders and ministers.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven
and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Just reading these powerful lines of Jesus reminds us of why we are doing what we do. It keeps us from becoming distracted, defeated or depressed by the divisive chatter and commentary shared on social media or the hourly news.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words,
for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” Exodus 34:27
In the weeks ahead, you will have numerous opportunities to impact your church, your community and even your county. I want to encourage you to pause and write down three bold actions you will take in the final months of 2018. Perhaps it will be introducing a new teaching series, creating a new community outreach, beginning a local school cleanup day, starting a new prayer gathering, launching a new weekly Bible study for men, women or students, initiating plans to launch a P.A.C. in a unreached Oregon community or adding new missionaries to your monthly support. Maybe one of your bold actions will be to attempt to repair a broken friendship, invest more quality time with your family or in starting a new eating plan. The possibilities will be many. Prayerfully select just 3 bold actions.
“…you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.” Dr. Gail Matthews
Three bold actions, write them down! Let’s see what great things God will do in and through your life.