Today's second reading, from the Letter of James, really hit a chord with me, especially the part about being "doers of the Word." It's funny how sometimes the word of God coincides with secular things that I happened to read. A couple weeks ago I read an excellent article from an internet newsletter about getting things done. The author, Robert Ringer, stated a very simple principle: nothing happens until you act.
It might seem obvious, but more times than I care to admit, I've simply waited through a situation hoping something will change. But nothing will happen until someone acts. If I want a certain outcome, I've got to take steps.
So many times I've thought of something that I'd like to do, said to myself, "Yes, I need to do that," and forgot about it. So it never got done. I can overwhelm myself by thinking of how big a project might be. But to start it takes only one simple step, then another, then another.
So I put on my desk a small sign reading: "Nothing happens until you act." It helped me a lot this past week to take specific steps to deal with issues I have to take care of.