I received a gift of a lapel button from my district manager when I was a financial planner. It said–‘A-OK!’ Thanks for the encouragement, Ron! Managers often aren’t so appreciative, wanting more and more out of you. Greedy types. Not mine. I was blessed to have both manager and friend.
‘A-OK!’ meant something different than what I thought. Its initials stood for ‘Action-Oriented Kind!’ Not just talk. No snow jobs or tooting your own horn. No braggadocio or blathering. Some of the most boring people I’ve known only talk about themselves. Talk…talk…talk. Don’t you dare try to get a word in edgewise. Weariness and dreariness shoves me out their back door!
Be ‘A-OK!’ Action-oriented kind…with what God wants in your life. If you’re busy for Jesus, you won’t have to broadcast it. No one else needs to know. Only Jesus. Your audience of One!
Are you ‘A-OK’? In 1 Corinthians 3, the Apostle Paul talks about God’s people making a difference in this life. Doing what He wants. Activating the gifts, passions and abilities we’ve been given. Pursuing them, focusing on Jesus while helping others. Doing your bit… for Him… for a change. ‘By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder…if what he has built survives, he will receive his reward’ (1 Cor. 3: 10,14).
Our abilities, whatever they may be, are God’s gifts. Do you know what yours are? If you do, wear your own ‘A-OK!’ button. Action-Oriented Kind!
If you don’t have a clue, don’t lounge around as if in a fog. Pray. Ask for guidance. Don’t stop until the answer comes. When will it? I’ve no idea. What will it be? Don’t ask me. Ask Him.
Let me assure you that the answer will be on the way. Wait. Hang in there. And when it comes, get going. Get off your duff and do what God wants.
Okay? Be ‘A-OK!’…for Jesus!
Thank you, Lord, for good we can do for you and others. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.