AS OF TODAY I have been married to the love of my life for 13 years. I am officially swearing off of excuses. The next 13 years are about doing.

Start doing. If you don’t know how to start, ask. Then start doing. If it doesn’t just fall into your lap, seek it. Then start doing. If the door is closed when you arrive, knock. Then start doing. Jesus says loving Him is obeying Him. So let’s replace some of the sitting around doing nothing with a whole bunch of getting busy.

Wishing you could write a book? Start writing it. Wishing you could draw a comic? Start drawing. Wish you were a better parent? Let the love for your children inform your daily decisions. Dedicate yourself to meeting their needs. Wish you were a musician? Start making noise with an instrument. Step one is the most important. Wish you could learn a new skill? There are hundreds of thousands of “how-to” videos on YouTube and plenty of folks who would love to teach you.

Want to create amazing cartoons like Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim, etc)? Get a pen and fill a sketchpad.

Many times what we are saying is “I wish I could suddenly… overnight… spontaneously… do something I’ve never done before… and do it perfectly and flawlessly, and get kudos for it without any hard work, without a learning curve, and without humility.”

You weren’t born speaking, standing, walking, or feeding yourself. Some of us never master these totally. Shucks, I have asthma so I don’t even breathe perfectly. We had to learn through effort, practice, and persistence.

I saw a poster today that said “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” What if we all committed to DOING more and wishing less? What if we committed to PRAYING more and despairing less? What if we changed our dreams into goals and just plain old fashioned committed to achieving them? What if we acted like the spirit of God lived within us? …. Imagine that.