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Don't Live Waiting for "One Day"
By Joel Osteen - Nov 30, 2012
A while ago, I was reading about a successful, 42-year-old executive. He was on the cover of Newsweek magazine years ago and the headline read, "The Wiz Kid of Wall Street." This man had a brilliant mind. He helped start several major companies. The reporter who was doing the story traveled to the town where this man had lived many years before and interviewed people from his past. He found out there was an alcoholic that lived in the city park who had this man's same name. Toward the end of the interview, the reporter kind of laughed and said, "I found out something you may not know. There was a homeless man that lived in your city at the same time you did. He had your same name, your same age and your same race. What a coincidence." This executive said, "That wasn't a different man. That was me. I was an alcoholic. I was homeless, doing nothing with my life." The reporter was shocked and said, "Tell me more."

The man said, "When I was living in the city park using newspapers to cover me up, I always knew one day I would be successful. I knew one day I would be sitting here, but I was just waiting to get started."

I've found that many people are like this man. They may not be homeless or have an addiction, but they're waiting to get started. They have amazing gifts, talents, businesses, ideas, movies, books, inventions, but they keep putting them off thinking, "One day I'll take a step of faith. One day I'll be more disciplined. One day I'll get my life straightened out. One day I'll go back to school." No, don't live waiting for one day. Start doing what you know to do today. Friends, life is short. Time is flying by. You can't afford to put off what God has put in your heart. You don't have time to live with things holding you back. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. Today can be your new beginning. Today could be the start of something amazing. If we're going to reach our highest potential, we have to be "now" people because there are some opportunities that God brings across our path that have a limited window. They are not always going to be there.

The prophet Joel said in the scripture to "wake up the mighty men." Wake up the mighty women. If you are reading this, I believe you are a part of the mighty people scripture talks about. You are a history maker. You are a world changer. God wants you to leave your mark on this generation. But there is an enemy of your soul, and one of his main tools is procrastination. If he can't deceive you into getting totally off course, he will use something much more subtle. He will try to get you to put it off, to be passive, to have an "I'll do it later" attitude. No, the scripture says, "Today when you hear God's voice, do not turn away." When you hear God speaking to you, be a "now" person. Decide, "Today I'm going to respond. Today I'm going to make changes. Today I'm going to come up higher." Your act of obedience is what triggers God's supernatural favor and will carry you forward in the destiny the Lord has prepared for you!
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