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The Necessity of Action

What good is motivation without action?

I shared recently how the motivation of the cross of Christ energizes me. But what good does that do if I do not act upon that energy? What if I just let it slide? Or worse yet, what if I apply that energy to something other than what God has laid on my heart?

I shamefully confess that redirection or lack of action frequently reflects how I respond to the motivation I receive. I get sidetracked. I don’t get around to following through. Or, I say that I’m going to follow through just as soon as I finish ________. Just fill in the blank. There is always something.

But again I ask, what good is motivation without action?

Lack of action is disobedience. So, I am receiving the motivation of Christ – the energy and power of the resurrection – to disobey.


I am forced to stop and contemplate the ideas that have come to my attention. Perhaps they have come to my own mind and I am simply sitting on them, keeping them easily hidden because I have not shared details with anyone else. Perhaps they are ideas others have shared with me. But because they are not my own, I can just refuse to adopt them.

Yet I know I am supposed to act. When I refuse – or even when I delay – I am walking in disobedience.

I can do only one thing at this point. In the words of Bob Newhart, I must, “Stop it!!!”

Stop procrastinating. Stop delaying. Stop talking myself out of action. Stop redirecting the energy. Simply stop! Then start obeying. Start acting. Start using the energy and motivation I have been given.

Motivation is of no use whatsoever without action. If our motivation is grounded in the cross of Christ, it is permanently there. Will you join me in acting upon it? Let’s do it today!


I am a homeschooling preacher's wife and managing editor for the Well Planned Gal. But, I also love to write just for the fun of it. I also process best through writing, and my thoughts tend to flow from things I learn through the Bible, interacting with my family, and moving through life in general. Thanks for joining me in my not quite ordinary journey.

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