If you are not growing, then you are dying; being proactive, not complacent
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when you can decide how you’re going to live now. Joan Baez
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. Martin Luther King, Jr
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. Dag Hammarskjöld
Do or Die presents us with critical choices: we can do whatever it is we are choosing to do and or are being challenged to do, or we can choose not to do anything and allow ourselves to effectively give up a little bit of our life because we failed to act and did nothing. In essence every time we fail to do or act when that is what we needed to do, some of our life and our being is being wasted and we have lost or given up some of our vitality. We live or die a little bit at a time. There are and always will be consequences to everything we do or do not do. Failing to “do” in some ways is not optional. Not doing carries with it penalties and negatives that always costs us. These costs can be immediate and are definitely cumulative. We either do and grow or not do and die.
We grow and develop by acting, doing, experiencing, observing, falling down, and getting up, failing, succeeding and so on. These are examples of “doing”. Doing life causes growth. The opposite is not doing. As humans we require nourishment to live and thrive. Without nourishment or poor nourishment we do not thrive and may even expire. Doing is a form of nourishment to our being. If we are not doing we are not growing and are not thriving. Life does force a minimal amount of doing. Sometimes we get faced with immediate and mandated requirements that may cost us our life by choosing to do nothing. If we were in the path of a speeding car and did not get out of the way, we would likely die. Some “doing” is very basic and fundamental. It get more complicated. Every day we have choices and challenges. Some of these we have to “do” or we would noticeably suffer. This might include sleeping, bathing, eating and going to work. We have this type of “doing” mostly mastered. At a higher level, we have such things as eating better, exercising, spending quality time with family and friends, reading and studying, and growth and development. If we are not doing enough of these type things we are in essence dying and not thriving. Another way of saying this is we will get out of live in proportion to what we put into it.
Challenge: The more you engage “doing” the more you grow and thrive. The more lethargic and the less you do the less you thrive and to some degree the more you die. Life is about experiencing and growing. You get out of the process in proportion to what you invest in it. Words and thinking about this is easy. Doing something about it is challenging. The quality of your life is dependent upon your doing the things that help you to thrive.
Wisdom: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
We are not here to vegetate. We are here to grow and develop into a mature and fully developed human beings using the raw materials and talents we were given. This process is mostly voluntary. Doing well is something we consciously have to choose to do. It has to be a purpose and a priority in our lives. We will not thrive and be our best without a personal and interactive relationship with God. We have free will. It is up to us to seek Him.
Prayer: Help me to have faith and confidence and to trust You in all things.