There are two very different types of people who live in the world. Some live in a reactive way; waiting to react to things that happen. Then there are those who are proactive; they make things happen, sometimes paving their own way. One way is living very passively, only waiting on things to happen. The other way is being ready and creating the way for things to happen.
The second way to live is more difficult than the first in the sense of effort. It usually takes a lot of grit, determination, and hard work to live this way, and when things are just starting, sometimes the pay off for all the struggle isn’t that great. On the other hand, the first way to live may be easier in the sense that it appears safe. There is very little risk involved because you don’t have to go out on a limb and put yourself out there. But because there is very little risk, there is also very little reward.
For some Christians, it may be more difficult to live in the second way as they may feel they may be moving ahead of God and not waiting on Him. While certain aspects of this concept may be true, there are more Christians than not who use this as an excuse for fear and/or apathy. To wait on God is not an invitation to become inactive. Have an idea about a certain thing or way that you would like to go? Pray about it. But while you’re praying, be proactive about seeking answers. Talk to godly friends and loved ones and seek their advice. Do your part with what you can, and God will do His part in the way that only He can.
God, sometimes it's easier for me to not be proactive about things because there is too much risk and effort involved, and I don't want to get burned. Help me not live solely a reactionary life but a proactive one. I will continue walking, and as I do, I will look to You to show me the way.
Zechariah 9:8 – “Then I will guard my house against armies, so that none will march through or return. No oppressor will ever again overrun them, for now I am watching with my own eyes.”