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Now is the Time
By Joel Osteen - Jul 15, 2010
Let me ask you, if you went to heaven tomorrow, is there something that the world would be missing out on? In other words, do you have a gift that you're not sharing with the world? Are there things in your heart that you're not pursuing because you're afraid? Or you think you're too old, too busy, or don't have what it takes? Well, now is the time to get out of your comfort zone and pursue what God has placed on the inside of you!

This is what the disciple Peter did. When he saw Jesus walking on the water he said, "Lord, let me do that." You can imagine that there were a thousand voices saying, "Peter, are you crazy? You can't walk on water." It's the same voice that says today, "You can't start your own business. You can't be in management. You can't write that book. You're going to get out there and sink." Peter may have heard that still, small voice whispering, "Peter, you still should. God is in control. You're well able. You've got what it takes." And Peter got out of the boat and literally walked on the water.

What "boat" do you need to get out of today? What comfort zone is holding you back from experiencing all that God has placed in your heart? Friend, life is very short. Make sure you're sharing your gift with the world. If you're not passionate about what you are doing or passionate about your career, then you need to consider making changes. We're all going to have some mundane days, but if you're going year after year not enjoying your career, not fulfilled, not satisfied, maybe your main gift is lying dormant. Remember, your gifting is a part of your purpose. No matter how successful you are, if you're not fulfilling your purpose, you will feel that sense of dissatisfaction. Don't waste another day because now is the time to press forward and fulfill what God has placed within you!

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV).
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