Just Show Up

Open Door OpportunityForgive the departure. We’ll be back to our normally scheduled programming next week…

So often, we tell ourselves we want to do something special. We have big conversations about where we’d like to go or what we’d like to accomplish.

Far too often, those ideas never go any further than words. We encounter some kind of resistance and we move on to something else. My best advice:

Just show up.

Don’t worry about figuring out all of the details. Refuse to give in to the million and one reasons why you can’t. Stop stressing about all the steps in the process. Quit freaking out about how ‘big’ your idea is or how ambitious your goals are.

Just show up.

Build an arc in the middle of a desert. Put in the time. Pour out the sweat. Suffer through the hard hours; even when no one seems to care or understand. Push yourself to the point where nothing you’re doing makes sense any more and you would rather stay home.

Just show up.

Live as you’re led and pursue your God-given calling. Do everything it takes no matter how uncomfortable or scary it is. Break into a full-on sprint towards a firmly closed door just because He told you to. Watch that door swing wide open.

When you realize just how afraid you are of what’s on the other side… just show up.

I’m immeasurably thankful for good friends, sanctified stubbornness, and God’s grace.

More to come.

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20 Responses to Just Show Up

  1. eileen April 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Great advice and some I really needed to hear today. Thanks.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Thank you for the comment, Eileen. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Alicia April 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Excellent…but the English teacher in me cringed as I read “Live as your lead” ….which as written has a completely different meaning than “Live as you’re led” which I think is what you meant.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Two of my biggest pet peeves committed, by me, in one sentence. Thanks for the heads up. Looks like I was a little more tired than I thought last night. Thank you for reading!

      • Alicia April 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

        It’s alwasy easier to correct other people’s writing….and a great example of how spell check doesn’t catch every error. Thanks for posting!

  3. Anonymous April 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    You just gave the secret.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      Yes, sir. I can’t wait to elaborate. Thanks so much for reading.

  4. Laura Click April 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Beautiful, wonderful advice. It’s so simple, yet so tough at the same time. We just have to keep on plugging away, no matter how hard it is. Most people give up right before they reach success. It’s that final stretch where the magic happens.

    Thanks for the fantastic reminder, Kenny. I’m sure we could all stand to hear this message.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      So true. Too many give up at the point just before the break. Here’s to stubbornly pushing forward. 🙂

  5. Jason Wert April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Good stuff, Kenny.

  6. Erica Cosminsky April 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    I’m loving the last sentence.

    I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I felt out of place a lot when I was younger. I mean I was one of those people that was friends with everyone but never had really close friends. Turns out I just hasn’t found my confidants yet that sort of get me (and what I thought were eccentricities.) Stubbornness has a lot to do with pushing through anyway.

    I’ll second Jason, Good stuff, Kenny.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank you for reading, Erica. If you ask me, I’d rather be out of place than in place. Stay eccentric. 😉

      • Erica Cosminsky April 16, 2011 at 3:30 am #

        Umhm. I “fit in” about as well as a porcupine designing a website.

  7. @kylereed April 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Thats right…such a good word.

    You are correct, you never know what God is going to do, all you can do is show up and see what happens.

    • Kenny Silva April 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      Yes sir. Thanks for the comment, Kyle.

  8. David Michaud April 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Kenny, this is a gold nugget. you motivate me.
    Thank you for your posts.

  9. Leximackinnon April 16, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    I really like this post…super encouraging! Thanks Kenny!

  10. Kristil April 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Wow, Kenny! Just where I am…afraid to walk through that door. Food for thought!

  11. Brad Blackman April 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I thought I posted this earlier, but it must not have gone through:

    The artist Chuck Close says, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

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