Posts Tagged ‘actions’

React!

May 26, 2010

Sometimes we choose to act.

Sometimes we simply react.

I have found that some of my more regrettable actions have come about, not as a result of a poor choice, but rather as an impulsive action taken without premeditation.  Sometimes, I have immediately recognized my error, but it is too late, the action is done, or the words have been said.

How do you prevent impulsive words or actions?

You can’t…not always.

So instead we  try to train ourselves by repetition to say and do the right thing.  As often as possible, to think before we speak or act.  This will create a habit of doing the right thing and, hopefully, will keep us out of trouble.

In addition, and even more importantly, we can seek to maintain a relationship with God which will allow us to remain filled with the Holy Spirit, so that our reactions are not caused by the “flesh”, but by the Spirit.  If we are Spirit-led, we will do the right thing, even in reaction to unforeseen circumstances.

Advertisements

Initiative, Judgement, and Execution

May 5, 2010

Good initiative.

Poor judgement.

That was a critique that was frequently given to individuals during my days in the Marine Corps.  It was meant to applaud the fact that an individual recognized a problem, and tried to fix it.  The problem was that the solution that was attempted, was not a good idea.  The individual lacked good judgement.

Sometimes it was good initiative, good judgement, poor execution.  In this scenario, the problem was recognized, a good plan was established, but something went wrong with the execution of the plan.  Things didn’t go as anticipated.  Sometimes this was avoidable, and sometimes it was something out of anyone’s control.

Of course, sometimes things went well.  Ah, the sweet smell of success.  The problem was recognized, a plan was established and the task was accomplished.  Problem  solved.

This process must start with the recognition of a problem. 

Sometimes that is the hardest part.

Choose to Act?

December 22, 2009

Our actions can be chosen after careful thought.  When we have a decision to make, we have the ability to carefully consider our options, and make the optimal choice.

But do we?

There are many times when what we “feel” like doing at the moment is not the same as what our rational mind would lead us to determine is the best action. 

Do we act according to our reasoning, or our feelings?

It depends on which is stronger at the moment of action.

Then, of course, there are those times when we simply react.  We say or do something without considering the alternatives or the consequences.  These reactions can be fostered by a whole host of various criteria. There are occasions when there is no time to think, simply to act.  Stress, emotions, fatigue,  and other factors can influence our response.

As Christians, we seek to live our lives in  a way that is pleasing to God.  We should ask God to guide our thoughts, our words and our deeds.  If we are “in the Spirit” our actions, and our reactions will be the right ones.