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Last time we discussed three ways in which people live their lives – they are active, reactive, or proactive. We concluded that in order to live a life that is productive, fruitful and fulfilling we need to invest the majority of our time in being proactive in how we move through life.

But we did not mention inactive people. What about them? Are there not those who carry out their existence never fulfilling their potential, stuck in their current state, who never quite measuring up and eventually seem to give up?

Although these people do exist – and in fact, most of us have performed at this level at one time or another – these “inactive people” are far from being inactive. I would dare say that they are the most active group of the bunch!

WHAT?! The most active group? YES!! Have you ever observed people who function regularly at the “inactive” level? They appear to be in a chronic state of physical fatigue, mental exhaustion, emotional unpredictability, and spiritual deprivation. Yet, at the same time, their proactive counterparts appear much more physically energized, mentally astute, emotionally controlled, and often spiritually nourished. Why is this so?

I believe it is largely because of how we have been wired by our Creator. Let me explain.

First, we were created. We did not just happen. He designed and fashioned each one of us skillfully. We could get into a whole discussion about genetics and DNA to prove God’s handiwork in each living person, but for the sake of space in this blog, we need to know that we are not simply the product of a man’s and woman’s “assets” coming together to form a new living creature. God had His hand in your existence.

Secondly, we were created for a purpose. We are told in the Bible that we were each created for a divine purpose that gives us a future and a hope. He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He knows the plans and purposes He has for you.

Thirdly, we were created for a purpose for His glory. Our job is to figure out what our purpose is and live out our existence in such a way that, at the conclusion of our lives, people see Him through our lives. He will reward us for how well we live according to His plan.

We were set in motion to fulfill an important task according to His design.  When we operate proactively  in sync with that plan, we – like a ship – simply engage our motors and move the rudder to steer our ship to flow within that current – utilizing our skills, talents, personality, experiences, and passions accordingly . “Inactive” people, for a variety of reasons, refuse to move in flow with the current of a divine purpose and begin to spend their energies moving against the current of where they are to be, never achieving the success that was already prepared for them. Some reasons they choose not to move forward in their successful purpose may be disbelief, low self worth, fear, confusion, uncertainty, and the list goes on.

When we get in the “inactive” state, we spend much more energy and  much more time convincing ourselves why we should not move forward than we would had we just moved in the right direction and dared to take the necessary risks. And the energy spent moving the right direction is not so much spent as it is invested, fueling us for the future steps that need to take place. Energy spent avoiding our success and purpose is energy wasted.

I have found that many “inactive people” have at least some idea of what they would like to achieve and sense they are destined for. They may be petrified to face the purpose, paralyzed by fear to take the risks, frustrated by past failures, which leads to making excuses for why they are destined to remain where they are at.

We must be willing to venture out into the unknown and risk failure and setbacks. As long as we remain moving forward, we can always get back on course should we venture off course. A little rutter steers the ship, but the boat must be in motion.

Has this blog been useful? What has worked for you, or those around you, to move from an inactive, active or a reactive state into a proactive existence? Share your thoughts with us. We would love to hear from you.

About Tim

Timothy Golden is a husband and father of 3, pastor, teacher, coach and speaker. His passion is helping people grow deeper in their relationship with God and to overcome obstacles that keep them from pursuing their God-given dreams.