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What are you waiting on? It’s not a rhetorical question. It’s one to be answered by you to you or maybe even to an accountability partner (take the hint that if you don’t have one, get one). What are you waiting for? The right conditions? They actually don’t exist. If everything were perfect, would we ever learn and grow? Who are you waiting on? Please don’t answer that question by saying God. No ma’am. No sir. That answer won’t cut it. Especially because, quiet as it’s kept, God is waiting on us! God is waiting on us to live life today.

The Bible speaks of NOW faith … not then faith, not coming soon faith … but NOW faith (Hebrews 11:1). That means the time is NOW for us to activate it and operate from it, living life today. So not only are the questions about who and what you (and I) are waiting on or for, but the bigger question is WHY? Why are we waiting on a person or a better situation or God?

In John 10:10 Jesus says “I came that you would have life and that more abundantly.” The irony is we move as if the abundant life is still coming. We move as if opportunities and experiences aren’t already abundant and available. Sure we can say we don’t have the money or the time, etc.

However, think on this — I saw a post on Instagram a month or so ago with a little boy in a karate competition. He was a small child with his white uniform and red belt on. You see two adults standing behind him. Looking closer at the picture, you see this small but mighty child is using an oxygen cannula. You see the two adults arranging the tubes in a manner that would prevent them from disrupting his performance. The caption said, “When you absolutely refuse to give up!”

I appreciate the caption. However the picture is what speaks the loudest. Not only did this little boy refuse to give up, he had courage enough to start. Regardless of his current state of needing oxygen (read that again), he chose to start. He chose to engage in an activity that utilizes a good amount of oxygen. He chose to challenge himself. He chose to defy the odds. He chose to not be a statistic. He chose to not to wait on the day he wouldn’t need the oxygen. He chose to go for it with all he has … oxygen tank, cannula and all. He chose to live the abundant life Christ Jesus came and died for, today.

So I ask again — what are you waiting on? What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for? As you answer those questions, be mindful and fully aware of your excuses. Understand they won’t get you far.

Also put into daily consideration that the abundant life is already yours! Live life today!

Rae Karim, formerly chapel director at Christian Theological Seminary, is now pastor at First Christian Church of Honolulu. She can be reached at pastoraefcc@gmail.com.


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