A Time to Stand Still and a Time to Move
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time and a season for every purpose under the sun.” Solomon goes through this long list of opposites by telling us, “There is a time to be born and a time to die; time to plant and a time to root up; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to weep and a time to laugh; etc. We, too, can insert our own opposites and seasons for every purpose under the sun.
The Bible says, “Stand, and having done all, stand.” But the Bible also says in the Great Commission, “Go ye therefore into all the world and make disciples.” So, there is a time to stand still, and there is a time to move.
One reason we don’t move is because those among us are not moving. I admit there is safety in numbers. No one wants to take the lead and do something alone, but God is calling us to leave the maddening crowd. How do we know that?
In Genesis 12:1-3, God tells Abram, “Get thee out of thy country away from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, and go to a place I will tell you.” The very next verse says, “And Abram went.” These three words prove that Abram was faithful. Without hesitating, Abram left. Would we do that? I don’t think so. We would probably say, “Let me sleep on it and I’ll get back with you.” “Let me go to my job and get my last paycheck.” “Let me pay all my bills first.” “Let me stop my mail, turn off my cable, cancel my newspaper subscription, etc. Abram didn’t stand still. He wasn’t afraid to move. Abram had faith to trust God even before he knew who God was.
We have one up on Abram. We do believe in God. We do believe in God’s Son who was crucified to save us from our sins. Therefore, we should be more eager to obey God than Abram who was a pagan at the time.
Are you standing still, marking time, waiting for your ship to come in? Are you using the excuse that “it has never been done this way before?” Are you saying, “What’s the use?” or “People will laugh at me?”
There is a time to stand still, and there is a time to move. It is time to do something different. It is time to do something unusual. It is time to move from the status quo. It is time to get away from the mundane. It is time to take a risk. It is time to not only think outside of the box, but it is time to get out of the box and even throw the box away, if necessary.
Advice From Steve Forbes
A few years ago I attended a motivational seminar. There were motivational speakers from all over the world telling how they became successful including Zig Ziglar, Rudy Giuliani, Larry King and Steve Forbes. These celebrities are just like we are with one difference. They know when to stand still and when to move. When I walked into the seminar, Steve Forbes was speaking, and what he said would have been worth the price of the seminar, but I stayed for the entire seminar anyway.
Steve Forbes, President and CEO of Forbes Business Magazine had this to say: “Do what others are not doing. Do something different from what others are doing. Go where others have not gone before. Be different. Don’t just produce a product or provide a service. If you want to succeed, you have to do something different.” In order to do something different, you have to move. You can’t stand still.
Steve Forbes gave the example of Starbucks as a successful company that is doing something different.There are hundreds of Starsbucks in every major city. Why? It is because they did not settle for selling just another cup of coffee. Starbucks has a vast range of coffees. They are brewing up something different. And people are paying big bucks for it. Why do you think they named it “Starbucks”? What they promote is not just a hill of beans. They are selling something that make people feel good about themselves.They took the initiative to give people what they were already consuming, but they added different flavors, and called it latte, mocha and cappucino. People are not just drinking a cup of coffee, they have become part of a lifestyle. That’s why the 25¢ cup of coffee costs much more at Starbucks.
Time To Move
There is a time to stand still, and there is a time to move. Your standing still days are over. Move. Do something. Do something different. I know. I know. You are saying you’ll move when you get around to it. Well, today is your Around-To-It-Day. Don’t just stand there. Do something. Do something different for yourself, your family, your community and for your God.
Be Like Biblical Characters
Be like Noah who built an ark at a time when it didn’t even rain. Different! Jeremiah, weeping prophet who bought a field in Jerusalem to build houses and plant vineyards even though his people were in exile. He did something different.
In the Book of Acts, a woman named Dorcas didn’t even have children, but she did something different. She made dresses for all the neighborhood children.
When the 30-day mourning period was over after the death of Moses, God told Joshua, “You have been weeping and praying long enough. Now get up off your face and move. Lead these people into the Promised Land.”
Stop Standing and Begin Moving
Emeril, the tv cooking guru, while adding spices to his meals says, “Let’s kick it up a notch.” We need to kick it up a notch. We need to spend more time studying God’s word, attending more Bible studies and doing more for the Kingdom of God.
We have stood still long enough. We have noticed things that needed to be done, and we have done nothing about them. God wants us to be more intentional about what He has called us to do. He wants us to stop standing still and begin moving.
“There is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.” There is a time to stand still, and then there is a time to move.
There is a time to stand still,
and then there is a time to move.
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