Act or Be Acted Upon


1stqtr07 058Failing to act, to do certain things or fulfill certain responsibilities will have negative and unwanted consequences

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is the ability to act according to their beliefs. Henry Miller

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw   

  Even for the most sedentary, easy going, and lazy among us, some amount of action is required or we will suffer increasingly negative consequences as a result of our inaction. It is as basic as breathing. If we do not breathe we will die. Thank goodness we do not have to think about this, it is done for us. If we do not remember to eat, we will die. It goes from the most basic; to such things as what happens if we do not pay our bills, taxes, or even cut the grass. Failure to do certain things results in negative consequences.

  Short of being a rock, most of us have to perform some basic functions in life if we are to even live at its most basic level. Even a rock is subject to deterioration and eroding. Rocks are acted upon by the decaying effects of wind and water erosion. Being stagnant, stationary, and too complacent: even trying to be a rock or hide under one does not exempt us from varying degrees of consequences for inaction or irresponsibility. To even maintain status quo requires some degree of maintenance and sustenance. To expect to improve our circumstances and our lot in life requires even more action. There is no escaping these responsibilities.

    The concept of acting or being acted explains itself. If we do not perform certain minimally required actions we will very likely find ourselves going in reverse. If we find ourselves in a pool of water, and we do not at least move our hands and feet minimally, we will drown. Life is this way. The more we want or expect from Life, the more we must act, and act proactively, with purpose, commitment, and persistence. If we do not we will find ourselves slipping backwards. Life requires that we keep acting, moving forward and doing.

    If things are not as we want them to be, believe it or not, it falls on our shoulders to do something. We cannot count on others. They may disappoint us; may take us in the wrong direction, or may do nothing at all.

The adage, “If it is to be, is up to me” tells us the way it is. Act or be acted upon tells us that we have to be responsible and do something or there may be undesirable consequences for us to pay for our inactions.

Challenge: You have a lifetime’s experiences and lessons of “acting or be acted upon”. You know by experience the more you act, the more you control your circumstances, the less you act; the more you are subject to surrendering and losing things that are important to you. It is easy to take things for granted, to procrastinate, or leave things to others. Remember, the more important something is to you, the more you must act on it.

Wisdom: Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. Goethe  

Spiritual: (NIV)

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in payer. Matthew 21:22

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust. Psalm 40:4

We are not meant to be victims or vegetables as we go through this live. We are meant to be agents of change for things that are good and desirable. This means making this world a better place. Evil, bad things, undesirable things exist and prosper where there is an absence of God, just as darkness lives where there is no light, and cold where there is no heat. If we will look to God, he will enable and empower us to live life more proactively.

Prayer: Help me to be an agent of change for helping to make this world a better place.


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