When God Says, "Shut Up!"
"You need to shut up!" That sounds offensive right? Nobody wants to be told to, "Shut Up!"
I kid you not when I say that those were the words God spoke to me. It wasn't audible. I didn't see any lightning bolts flashing through the sky. Neither did I hear loud thunder. But I heard His voice one early morning while I was spending time reading and praying, connecting with Him. I came across this verse in Proverbs 14:23, "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."
After reading that verse it punched me in the chest. Right there in the heart! I spent the next few moments meditating on that line and realized that I was talking too much and not putting in enough work. I've been talking too much about a lot of things--exercising, spending more quality time with my wife, my kids, accomplishing my goals, writing, recording Hope Spot videos, etc. I was talking a good game but I wasn't making any shots!
And then after I read that verse, a few days later I saw this video on Youtube by Eric Thomas. Once I watched it, I felt like God was trying to drive His point home to me.
I got the point. Loud and clear.
The one thing God was impressing on my mind was that I really needed to shut up about writing my book and just do it. I had been saying for years that the book was going to be done. But now it was time to take action.
So here is what I did and here is what you should do if you have been merely talking lately.
#1--Shut Up And Put Up. I stopped talking about what I was going to do and started doing it. It's really as simple as that. But to be specific, I stopped talking for a set period of time, from January-March. I said to myself that I am not going to make another Youtube video, write a blog, or anything until I finish at least one thing. For me that was writing my book. Once I shut up I put up, the book was finished.
#2--Focus On One Thing At A Time. If you are like me then you may have a problem with trying to do too many things at one time. Once I narrowed my focus it helped me gain the momentum I need in order to finish the book.
According to the Scripture, some people are in poverty, broke, and living in lack simply because they are mere talkers. They need to shut up and go to work because all hard work brings a profit. Is God telling you [insert name here], "You need to shut up"?
Question: Have you spent more time talking about what you are going to do and less time doing it? What action steps do you need to take in order to do more and talk less?