Producing a Fruitful Life
From my book, ‘I’m a Bad Christian‘
We are all humans and there is goodness in every person. Everyone has a purpose on this earth and it is up to you to find your calling. That’s why it’s a must to be fruitful and productive in life. All the answers will not come to you in your head like a light bulb. Sometimes you have to go out and search for them. Don’t rely on your watch for your destiny. You will create a crutch if you rely on timing for everything in your life. There is no such thing as the right time. Some people even question if time really exists. You do know that you can’t live forever. We are all dying, so why are we waiting on moments we may never see? If you want something, get it. If you love someone, tell them. If something doesn’t work out, it simply wasn’t meant to be. It’s just time for you to gain another experience and keep moving forward. Nothing in life is random or a coincidence. God does not lie. The universe does not lie or make mistakes. Don’t dwell on things that are not going to matter tomorrow. Put your watch down and live. Often, you set goals that need to be met before you can make the next move in your life. You have a tendency of staying in a comfort zone until you feel like the time is right. You have to ask yourself: Is the time ever right? What exactly are you waiting on? These are some examples we tell ourselves:
- Once I find a better job, I will quit this one.
- Once I save enough money, I will buy a house.
- Once I finish this pack of cigarettes, I will finally quit smoking.
- Once this year is over, I will start my fitness plan and stick to it.
You make up numerous excuses and complain what you can’t do because you feel like it’s not time for the next step. There is no such thing as perfect timing. There will never be a perfect time to leave your job or start a new life in new surroundings. There will never be a perfect time to get married or start a family. All the choices you make will involve risk — and it’s the risk involved that makes choices like these easier to put off until another day. The problem is you think you have time to do everything because you are relying on “perfect timing” to come – something that doesn’t even exist. What you often fail to realize is you’re not just waiting, you’re hindering your advancement.
You can change your mindset of realizing that perfect timing is a beautiful lie that we make up to feel better about choices that we haven’t made yet. You can step out of your stagnant point and do exactly what you want to do. There is a big difference from wanting something to actually acting on something. Action has to take place to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself. In order to accept that timing is part of trusting God’s timing, you have to have an understanding that everything doesn’t happen when you want it to. You often get impatient when you don’t understand the path you are on. It seems like there is more bad than good in your life. You ask why certain things are happening and the real questions are:
How is this going to benefit me?
What good is going to come from this obstacle?
There are many gifts when you take action in your life and you get to reap the benefits. You gain growth. Growth comes with time, from understanding that perfect timing is a lie just to cripple your excuses on why you can’t accomplish your goal.
You gain maturity. Some situations mold you into being a stronger person because you don’t have any other choice but to be strong. You gain insight. Everything will not turn out the way you want it to and that’s okay. Maturity is being able to accept that everything will not always work in your favor. It means you have learned to develop in any situation thrown at you.
Let’s face it. The universe keeps moving no matter how many bad choices you make. The advantage is it that is also moves when you make good choices. You will be happier when you accept you can’t change your past, but you can change your outlook on it. It’s that moment you realize that the earth doesn’t revolve around you and you have the ability to deal with it. It is one of the most selfless traits one can have. You know how to act in certain situations and you teach yourself that everything doesn’t require your reaction. If someone lies to you or hurts you, this is not the time to do things out of spite. Their actions say more about them than you. Don’t change your limitations because you don’t understand why things happen. Sometimes we never get the answer. Pettiness is a temporary good feeling: a feeling that lasts for a few minutes and then you feel silly for retaliating afterwards. Maturity does not come with age. It comes from experiences and how you choose to react to them.
Salvation is the first step in sanctification. Just like regular maturity, spiritual maturity is a process of becoming holy. Once we accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, we open doors for our faith to be tested. We often hear the marks of spiritual maturity called the “fruits of the Spirit”. Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Galatians 5: 22-23 call the Fruit of the Spirit:
There is no law against these things. When you are saved, it’s essential to eat these fruits to become healthier and stronger in your spiritual maturity. Reading the Bible is another way for your spiritual maturity to grow. We often confuse God’s voice for our own voice and our desires. Learn to be familiar with his voice through scriptures, prayer, obedience, and sacrifice for him. With spiritual maturity must come sacrifice and obedience for God. He might call you to do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing or you may doubt you even can do it. The only tools you need are God’s Word and prayer. You can’t expect results just because you prayed and asked God for them. Prayer without action is like preparing a meal for yourself and not eating it. You have to be able to mix the ingredients (pray) and eat (action) the food whether you feel like the food (test) is bland or not. Do this spiritual routine over and over and you will see the food you prepare gets a better taste every time you eat it. Grow mature with God. Pray and take action for the food you prepare. Some things in your life will be out of your control and there will be nothing you can do about it The test is is keeping your faith up. Never forget to eat the fruits of the Spirit. You will see a vast improvement in your life.
The fruits of labor is the result of one’s work. The fruits of the spirit are the attributes used to perform the fruits of labor. Through the Holy Spirit, you can experience all fruits of the spirit, no matter how difficult or painful. In order to achieve your fruits of labor, it is essential to practice the fruits of spirit.
*Want to learn more about having a fruitful life? Check out more about the fruits of spirit and how to apply them to your life in my motivational book, ‘I’m a Bad Christian’. Order your copy here.
Until next time,