Are You Attacking or Retreating?

I don’t know about you but I am tired of inaction. I am tired of lowering my standards to what I see in society. I am sick of limiting my potential. I am tired of being controlled by fear. I’m tired of limiting myself in order to fit in because I am afraid to stick out from the crowd. I want to be in attack mode everyday. I don’t want to be a man with great ideas but nothing to show for it. At the end of my life, whenever that comes, I want to be known as a man who put it all on the line. I don’t want to be known as perfect, but rather someone who gave his whole heart to life and truly lived.

Everyone knows the saying “Defense Win’s Championships.” Its a cute phrase that we like to throw out there when we see a team lose due to poor defense. However, this is not how life works. We don’t get anywhere when we are defending, retreating, or backing up. We only get somewhere when we are in full attack mode. Whenever I look at people I admire, such as Martin Luther King, I see a man who was in attack mode. He wasn’t waiting around. He wasn’t controlled by fear. He wasn’t asking permission. He was attacking. He was standing above the crowd. He was willing to be different and even hated for what he knew was his mission and purpose. There was no retreat in that man just full out attack.

Someone recently said to me that they needed to go home and pray about starting a bible study. I’m thinking in my head (no offense to this person) but I never want to be in a place where I need to pray about starting a Bible study. I don’t need to ask God if I should start a Bible Study. l mean seriously? Asking God whether you should start a bible study or not is like asking your coach whether you should show up to your game or not. Of course God wants you to start a Bible study. He commanded us to spread the gospel to all the nations. You don’t need to pray about something he’s already commanded you to do. So I made a decision right then and there that I was going to start a Bible study this week. I’m not going to ask permission. I don’t have a plan. I don’t know how or where I am going to do it. I don’t know if anyone will show up. But I am tired of thinking about doing a bible study. Its time I actually take action.

So what is the key to purpose? Its action. Its being in attack mode. Your purpose will never reveal itself if you don’t attack. If you don’t take action. Sure you can become self-aware of what some of your gifts are and what you think makes you come alive but if you don’t take action self-awareness is pointless. When I sat down just over a year ago in attempt to find my purpose, the clarity I gained was nothing compared to the clarity I have gained over the last year. And I can guarantee it will be so minuscule in comparison to what I will gain over the course of the rest of my life. Why? Because every day since I have been in attack mode.

Even though I don’t feel like I am that great at it, I write almost everyday. I read everyday. I am trying new things everyday. I am trying and researching new and better ways to do things. I am constantly trying to learn. I am booking speaking events in spite of my feeling of a lack of qualification. I am trying to put myself in situations where my gifts can be used. Ive thought about running a bible study for a LONG time. Now its time to just freaking doing it. You feel me? The world needs you in attack mode, not retreat mode.

Its time to act in spite of fear. Its time to discover more of my potential. Its time to become the man I was created to become not the man society “approves” of. Its time to lean into my fears, embrace them, and attack them. Its time to take ground. Its time I finally believe in myself. Its time I finally believe in what God is capable of in and through my life. Its time to get out of retreat and get into attack mode. Everyday we have a choice to either attack or retreat. Which choice are you going to make?

With Love,

SammyV

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