For months now, I’ve been longing for a day where I could break away, invade a little coffee shop, write, journal and pray. Ideal quiet time to listen to God and understand what He wants from me.
For months now, it hasn’t happened.
Quite frankly, I don’t know if it will ever happen. I don’t even like coffee.
But that idea, that image in my mind, kept me from even attempting a quiet time/journaling session. The idea that it had to be one way and perfect kept me at arms length of what I really wanted and really needed – a moment to talk or type through what I want to do with my life.
Thanks to my wonderful Bible study group, I’ve come to realize that isn’t how it has to be. I don’t need to devote a solid 4 hour block of time for this. I can carve out twenty minutes here, fifteen minutes there. The point is to be quiet. Be still. Listen. Stop checking my email and Facebook and let God speak to me.
I’m amazed at what came out of my first twenty-minute quiet time. And I’m thrilled for the next one. And the next one.
Don’t wait for situations to be perfect. Don’t put off that workout until you “have the time.” Don’t put off that novel until you’re able to do the “coffee shop writer routine.” Don’t wait for that “perfect moment” to tell someone how you feel (good or bad.) Because these are all excuses. Have the courage to move forth, even when the situations aren’t perfect.
What idea or misconception kept you from moving forward with something?