Google defines the word proactive as “creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.” This is part 1 of this blog series and I will be sharing my thoughts on what the Bible has to say specifically about being proactive in our lives.
Being proactive is something that any individual trying to foster success has to do. It means, not sitting and waiting without taking proper preparation for when that opportunity does arise, and that is a fine line for many people to balance. I often find myself thinking, “How do I wait to see where God is leading me, but still prepare myself for when He opens the door?” Being proactive can be one of the biggest ways to be a witness for the Gospel. It shows to those around you that you trust God is taking you places even when the destination is not always apparent. The biggest key to this lifestyle is the shifting away from simply being reactive.
Being a reactivate person will often lead to the situations of life dictating the choices that are made. With this being said, many people are living their lives as chameleons in the sense that they will blend in with whatever makes up their surroundings. Where we are and who we hang around with, have heavy influences on the choices we make. This is human nature because we were designed to be in community with one another. It is also why Psalm 1 verse 1 states, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers” (NIV). Scripture warns us about the company we keep and where we choose to spend our time because of how much influence these factors have on each stage of our character developments. The first and most important area of our lives in which we have to be proactive is our minds.
Our minds are an extremely marvelous yet fragile part of human existence, and it is important what we allow to enter but especially important on what we allow to linger. This is especially the case whenever we are in chapters of our life when we have to practice patience. It is easy to become impatient with the process when the constant pressures of success and competition are all we see on social media. But we have to remember that the journey is equally important to the destination. This is why as long as we do our part and leave the rest to God, He will bring us along the path that we are supposed to take.
Here are some verses that encourage me to remain proactive in all areas of my life.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (NIV)
Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty. (NIV)
2 Timothy 2:6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. (NIV)