It is time to think, time for action, time for change.

Today I am writing with such deep sadness. On Saturday night there was a terrible car accident involving a young couple who have been part of my life and so many others. Unfortunately, this accident left us with a giant hole as this young man did not survive.  I am at a loss for words as we now must say goodbye to this young man. Jake you will be truly missed. 

If anything I learned from Jake it would be his passion for life. He was a rock for his siblings and family, he was committed to serving his country and was dedicated to being a loyal friend. I didn’t know him well, but I do know he lived his life without the worry of what others may think, he followed his passions and loved his family deeply. 

This is the lesson I wanted to focus on today. Passion and willingness to follow through. How often do we make excuses for the actions we take or do not take? I know I am guilty of this, maybe even on a daily basis. We allow fear, doubt, pressures from those around us, and more to keep us from our goals and desires and passions. All of these things swallow us up and we put our light under a bushel. Everything is halted, we stop dreaming, stop moving ahead and stay stuck. 

Life is so short, it really is. If I have learned anything over the last almost two years during my health journey, is that life is fragile. We have been given One life to live here on earth. One chance to live for God and be all He has designed us to be. He has equipped us and given us tools and abilities, passion and focus, determination and will power, gumption and grit, and on and on. However, we are not expected to do all these things without His guidance and strength, but we do have to use them. We do have to take control and go forward. What is next? We need to stop making excuses and go forward. It doesn’t matter what others may say or matter who may stand in our way, we are to go.

We are all called to move into action. I am not talking about doing things that are against God’s laws, but I mean those desires of your heart. The desires that burn deep inside you and you know you are meant to do them.  It is time to move forward in these areas where you will be used for His glory and do those things you want to do. You need to do the things you have always been in your own way to do. We need to stop making excuses, stop limiting ourselves for the potential we have been given and Live out Loud. One life, we have ONE LIFE here before we see our Maker. He is our Everlasting Father our Wonderful Counselor. He provides the way, He gives us hope, He is fully present and He is the way. 

Do you get the passion here? I am done making excuses, hiding under a cover and worried about what others may think as I strive forward toward the desires in my heart. I say, paint that mural, climb that mountain, go on that family vacation, start that class, begin that health plan, go to a counselor, fight for your marriage, see that loved one, buy that house, run that marathon, whatever it is, just do it. You have one life and it is time for you to live it out loud. You are worth it. Your God loves you with all He has and He has equipped you to do hard things because He has your back every step of the way. 

In the words of Nike, “Just Do It!”

There is a Go Fund Me account for Jake’s family to cover medical and funeral expenses. If you are able and would like to contribute, you can do so here. Thank you.

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