Back in the game

"Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." James 4:17

“Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17

I read James 4:17 and gasped as I thought of all of the good things which God has called me to do yet too many times I have either sat idle or I have let the devil rob me from doing these good things as he placed doubts and fears in my mind leaving me wondering, “What if”? What if I had purchased the house right next door to the one we were living in years ago and created a little café in it called the “While You Wait Café” since it also sat right next to an auto repair shop and often times people were left having no where close by to walk to that they could just relax and wait for their car to be finished. Would I have created an awesome little business for my boys and my family? Or what if I had gone back and finished nursing school after I had my youngest son instead of letting the broken parts of me convince myself that I would never be able to go back and finish nursing school, after all I had just failed at keeping my relationship together and so now it was all I could do to keep myself together. I would have been able to provide a much more financially secure life for myself and my boys with the pay I would have been making.
Lately, it seems like much of my life has been spent questioning the “what if’s” of my past, but not so much in a negative way. More so in a productive way. That’s because I don’t want to let the devil win anymore. I don’t want to give in to fear or doubt or even the judgments of others, I want to act upon the good things which God IS calling me to do and I want to live my life victoriously everyday for Him and in His name. Not to my glory, not to my praise, but to His and His alone.
If you are sitting there ignoring the tugging in your heart, talking yourself right out of all of the blessings that God has waiting for you, stop. Get up and do what all that you can to begin moving towards those blessings and whenever the world tries to rob you of those blessings and tries to stop you of your forward progress just look back at the world, smile with much confidence and say to them, “Of course I can, My Father already told me that I could.”
Have a blessed week.