Just start it

There’s always something on my mind. Some of the things cluttering and clinking around in there are projects. Many of those are real and tangible projects like painting the dining room or deep cleaning the den. And while I know absolutely nothing about gardening, I keep thinking I’d like to plant some produce.

Oh, and wouldn’t it be great to organize and display the many family photos I have in boxes and various other storage containers? I think that, too. I’d really love it if Keith would build storage shelves for the bathroom closet. Of course, that would be more of a project for him, wouldn’t it?

Other projects running through my head are just as real, yet not quite as physical. I have a book in my brain that I haven’t yet put the words on paper. I really think I’d like to lead another Bible study group. And oh, yeah. While I’m at it, I think the world needs a mentoring program for young women. Why aren’t more churches offering this? Have the church leaders not read Titus 2? Why aren’t older, more mature women, helping younger women grow and become more mature themselves? Isn’t someone going to be in charge of that?

Another project I have swirling around in my head is to teach another round of my homeschool co-op debate class, but go even farther this time in making the youth stretch their mental muscle and speaking skills. I have these projects, and so many more I’d like to not only start, but finish. And I will. At least, some of them, I will.

I also have some intangible projects, like continuing to build up my health. If I’m as depleted physically as I have been the past few months, I can’t do any of the more material undertakings taking up space in my brain. I also propose to get rid of some spiritual baggage weighing me now and preventing me from launching some of my concepts into creations. But...where to start?

I get so fired up about a lot of things that I quickly become paralyzed from doing any of them. I get stuck when I try to figure out where to start. Lately, though, I’m seeing the benefits of simply beginning. 

I recently read a quote attributed to author Louis L’Amour, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

He’s right. And that advice applies not just to writing, but any endeavor.  Starting is a hard first step. And apparently, I’m not the only one who has trouble taking it. Popular Christian author and speaker Jon Acuff’s latest book is simply entitled, Start. It encourages us to “get off the path to average and get onto the path of awesome.”

Well, I like awesome. We’re also emboldened to “punch fear in the face” and “do work that matters.” Again, who can argue with that? I’d LOVE to punch fear in the face. And I absolutely seek with all my heart and soul to do work that matters.

Acuff dreamed for years of being a writer and speaker. Now, he is. Financial guru Dave Ramsey hired him to do just that. Acuff writes books about following your dreams and then tours the nation speaking about them. In “Start,” Acuff goes through five stages of personal and work development. They are learning (20s), editing (30s), mastering (40s), harvesting (50s) and guiding (60s). (The guiding like I mentioned a few paragraphs ago with the mentoring.)

Of course, the age ranges aren’t exact and can vary for different people. The point is we ALL need to start. Start writing. Start reading. Start voting. Start speaking. Start fixing. Start building. Start digging. Start leading. Start loving. Start living.

What do you want to start? What do you need to start? Maybe it’s something you need to stop. Whatever it is, do it. Do something. Start.