Why Don't I…

This is me at the intersection of knowing what I need to do and actually taking concrete action…

  • I know that the guy selling the homeless newspaper on the street corner can make a lot better use of a dollar than I can, so why don’t I just buy a paper?
  • I know that my business will grow and my student loans will disappear if I just spend a little more time looking for work, so why don’t I pick up the phone more often?
  • I know that my sense of intimacy with God will deepen if I would devote myself more heavily to prayer, so why don’t I hit my knees a little more often?

My relationships will deepen if I give a them little more energy, my craft will strengthen if I seek more opportunities to write, my experience will intensify if I step out of my comfort zoneSo why don’t I?

What is it in me that knows what God is calling me to do, but can’t bring myself to take the steps to make that happen? Maybe the problem is that I’m afraid to fail. Or perhaps, the problem is that I’m afraid to succeed.

Whatever it is, the resistance battles on to stake its claim.

Introspective as it may be, today’s post is not meant to be a hopeless lament from the bottom of the pit. Rather, I want it to be an encouraging plea from the temporary depths of our everyday trenches. In asking myself why, its my hope that you might ask yourself the same.

And so my parting question is this: Why don’t you?

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11 Responses to Why Don't I…

  1. Brandon April 13, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    This was great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wanda Simpson April 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Right there with you. I know exactly what, but feel paralyzed to move!

    • Kenny Silva April 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Thank you for sharing, Wanda. Check out some of my posts on the Resistance. Hopefully, there will be something helpful in there. I may need to re-read them myself!

  3. Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    For me, it’s the thought that nothing will come of whatever I try, nobody would be interested in reading or watching or taking a chance on me.

    • Kenny Silva April 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Simple question… So what if they don’t? Does that change the substance or the necessity of your message?

  4. Joe Lalonde April 15, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    I often wondered that question myself Kenny and I recently decided something. Instead of Why Don’t I’s, it’s going to be Well I Dids.

    • Kenny Silva April 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Good stuff, Joe. That’s an important shift in thinking.

  5. Mariatahir14 April 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    its so interesting………..very often we think but we dont have the dare to do or something else captured away our attention……….for whatever reasons we become so sluggish

  6. Marlee Ward April 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Hey Kenny,

    I’m new here and this is a beautiful post. I think all the resistance is linked to two things:

    1. Our innate sense of fear (like you suggested). Fear is a natural instinct that we no longer need to protect us in the same way it used to when we were potential dinner for a roaming lion. The thing is, our brain doesn’t know the difference. So when we think of going outside of our comfort zone where we might experience “danger’ fear kicks in as a protection mechanism. Thankfully, we don’t have to accept it. Thankfully, we don’t have a spirit of fear. I think when we learn to do that which we fear, afraid, we blast through resistance. 

    2. I  think we rattle the enemy’s cage when we start to yield to the call God has on our life. The last thing he wants is for us to fulfill God will for us because part of that always includes serving God wholeheartedly and being His hands and feet int he world. When we perk up and say, “yes, God. I hear you. I’ll do as you ask.” The devil will make all attempts from all angles to misdirect our paths.

    I think both these things point to this sentiment you shared: “What is it in me that knows what God is calling me to do, but can’t bring myself to take the steps to make that happen” – That is what it is. And I think getting on your knees in prayer, taking empowered action, and finding an encouraging community will help you bring yourself to do exactly what you’re called to.

    Great thoughts here, Kenny. Thank you!

  7. Mark June 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I appreciate this post as at times, I wonder if this is something only I struggle with.  Thanks – now do take some much needed first steps! 

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