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‘Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.’ Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

Second, take action. There’s an old saying: ‘you can if you will.’ People with initiative don’t wait for others to motivate them. They know it’s their responsibility to move themselves forward beyond their comfort zone, and they make it a practice.

The Bible says, ‘Trust in the Lord, and do good [take action]; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.’ (Psalm 37:3 NKJV)

Third, learn from your failures and keep moving forward. The good news for people with initiative is this: they make things happen. The bad news is: they make lots of mistakes along the way. The greater your potential, the greater your chance for failure.

Senator Robert Kennedy said, ‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.’ Are you constantly on the lookout for opportunity, or do you wait for it to come to you? Are you willing to pray and take a step of faith, or do you endlessly analyse everything? It’s possible to wait so long to make the right decision that, by the time you know it for sure, it’s way too late to implement it. The opportunity has passed.

When was the last time you initiated something substantial in your life? If you haven’t moved yourself forward out of your comfort zone lately, you might have to jump-start your initiative.

The Bible says, ‘He is your helper and your shield.’ (Psalm 115:11 NLT) That means God will help you to succeed. And when you fail, He will protect and redirect you.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 3–5, Matt 13:1–9, Ps 128, Pro 12:10–11

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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