I am a pretty big fan of MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, particularly the UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship. One of my favorite fighters to watch is The Notorious One, Conor McGregor.
Conor Mcgregor came from nothing. He grew up in a blue collar family in Ireland. Through hard work and determination, he went from the bottom of the working class to the top of the upper class. He went from an unknown plumber to the most well-knowned fighter in the world today.
When asked how he did it, this is how McGregor responded “The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.” In other words, your dreams will never become a reality if you don’t act upon them.
Before Jesus’ first miracle could ever take place, the servants had to first fill up all the water jars (See John 2:1-11). This was an extremely tough and grueling task in those days. They didn’t have in ground plumbing back then like we do today. They couldn’t just go turn on the water spicket, go to the refrigerator, or to the store and get water like we can today. They had to go all the way to the well, pump out the water, fill up the jars, and carry them back to the house. Needless to say this was a very time consuming endeavor.
There is a story of a man who prayed to God each day that he would win the lottery. Every morning the man would wake up and ask God that today would be the day he won the lottery. Days went by. Weeks went by. Months went by. Still the man hadn’t won the lottery. Finally the man cried out to God “Why haven’t you answered my prayers?” God responded back to the man “Son, you at least have to help me out and buy a ticket.”
Too many times in our lives we are just like that man, we cry out to God then we sit back and wait for God to do something. James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that faith without works is dead (See James 2:17). God is not going to reward us if we are not first willing to take a risk. In order for God to fulfill our dreams we must first act. If we want to move the hand of God, we must first move ourselves.
So quit sitting on the sidelines of life waiting for something to happen. Get up, get in the game, and start making something happen. If you truly want to see your dreams become a reality then start acting like it.