I wonder if Thomas Edison were one of our generation whether he would have theorized 10,000 possibilities for creating the light bulb, but never actually tested them.
I wonder if Paul Revere were one of our generation whether he would have moaned about the poor colonists who were about to be taken unawares, but never actually mounted a horse to warn them.
I wonder if George Washington Carver were one of our generation whether he would have estimated three hundred uses for the peanut, but never actually created them.
I wonder all this because our generation is one brimful of theories and ideas but sadly lacking in gumption, grit, and good old follow-through. This theory overkill is akin to studying the violin and all the theory that goes along with it (harmonics and sound waves and diminished arpeggios to boot!), but never actually picking up a bow or touching the instrument.
The result is that your brain is certainly stretched, but the silence is never altered by the music that you never make.
Likewise, we know it all. In fact, we wax eloquent on it all. And anything we don’t want to know about, we complain about. But there’s one simple thing we rarely do: we rarely act.
We leave the match unstruck next to the candle wick.
We leave the light switch turned off.
We leave the floodlights on our house dark.
We are a generation that has more knowledge than any before, yet indulge in passivity.
We leave the books unread.
We leave the lost untold.
We leave the exercising undone.
We leave the song unwritten.
We leave enslaved unfreed.
We leave the note unsent.
We leave the gifts God has given us tragically unused, still lying under the Christmas tree of our salvation.
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”-James 4:17
All of those un-acted acts are a theoretical waste, but when will they become a literal waste to each of us?
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.