If it’s going to be, it is up to…

20120215-075618… God.

Having lived 16 years in the Third World, I decry poverty mentality that blames “destiny” and takes no action to improve oneself. Thank God I learned the Protestant work ethic from childhood: through study, hard work, turquoise-turbulence-bruarfoss-fludir-icelandcreativity, one can achieve any dream. Third Worlders see themselves as powerless to get ahead; as a result, they just goof off and be lazy.

BUT, I have witnessed the short comings of a strong work ethic. Too often, too much hard work is not rewarded with results: it’s a lot of spinning wheels. I labored intensely as a missionary, and the church did NOT grow. After more than a decade of killing myself believing in the do-it-48730235-068d-4b0e-8daa-8e9e3ea245c1yourself mentality and seeing an essentially stagnant church, I tried prayer.

Things exploded. When man moves, it’s never as good as when God moves. I am NOT denouncing work. I am just tempering it. 141863456983057170_n4YYSVdB_bThere’s a balance. If you’re tired of tiring yourself out without seeing results, try entering more God into the equation. He may be waiting for you.

If it’s going to be, it is up to me God.

25 responses to “If it’s going to be, it is up to…

  1. I don’t know why prayer seems to be my “last resort” because letting God in ALWAYS works so much better than anything I can even dream up on my own, much less do. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. I enjoy your short, beautifully illustrated little nuggets. I’ve nominated you for a 2012 Blogger of the Year award. You can see the details in the most recent post on my blog. Thanks so much for your insight.

  3. A hearty AMEN to this one!

  4. So very true! Timely reminder! Thanks for the post ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. And after all, too much of anything is simply nothing. This is a real insight. Thanks!

  6. Love this “If youโ€™re tired of tiring yourself out without seeing results, try entering more God into the equation. He may be waiting for you.” – Sam

  7. Another good article and so true. I think I needed this reminder – sometimes I try too hard alone. Thank you.

  8. Dear Pastor Mike
    May I ask you, how quickly did you see your explosive results? Was it immediate, or did you have to pray for a while first?

  9. I too sometimes feel like a basket case, in fact the doctors even claimed that. But I know I am not alone, God gives me strength to move forward, seeing the past with new eyes, helps move the mountains in my present day, even if its only a small pebble.

  10. “If it is to be, it is up to God” What a great way to live. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details are on my site. God bless. Connie

  11. I love reading your posts. They are very helpful! God Bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. noordinaryjoy61

    I love this… so true!!!

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