By: Bishop Toris T. Young
Senior Pastor/Presiding Bishop

"Vision without action is a daydream, and action without vision is a nightmare". 
There is a man identified in the Bible who personifies what it means to "Fall Down" and the need to "Rise Up". He is described as having a debilitating infirmity

and whoever stepped in first was made whole of whatever the physical deficiency. 

One day Jesus comes along, knowing the man's condition is chronic, and singles him out with a question: "Wilt thou be made whole?" The man begins to make excuses about how no one would carry him to the pool; the others around him would step on or over him to get there first himself, and so forth. Finally, Jesus, after allowing the man to exhaust every excuse, commands him to "Take up thy bed, and walk." I'm certain this man conjured a precise strategy to navigate through the crowd and get to the pool first, when you fall down, but he never took action to Rise Up out of his predicament. Sadly, I witnessed this while traveling the world. One particular person who was dealing with legal issues, rather than using legal resources available and offered by our organization in order to help with appealable issues in this persons case, his notion of relief was in the hope that laws would change to custom fit his situation. never mind attempting to take advantage of our legal aid in order to discover a legal loophole in the meanwhile; he was going to wait for someone else in a similar circumstances to challenge, appeal, and argue before the highest court possible for a reversal of law, so he could benefit from not doing anything himself. (That was about 10 years ago, by the way, and he's been in legal trouble for about 13 years now.) He never took action in his situation and, unfortunately, may never. You see, the longer one stays inactive, a form of dystrophy sets in; whether physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. A weakening of one of those core life areas develops, and a degeneration of health occurs. Moving in the direction of what you envision - taking action, in other words, is about walking into your future. It's about making architectural decisions on how you are going to engineer your tomorrow, how you are going to build your future to higher ground with the resources that you have. Vision without action is a daydream, and action without vision is a nightmare. 

Nothing you perceive in life will be attainable if you don't go after it. You will never, ever, eva(!) Rise Up from your fall down if you don't take action. The following are ways to help execute whatever you want to get accomplished. 

COUNT THE COST: I would be remiss, and frankly downright irresponsible, not to warn you to evaluate the actions you are going to take in route to RISE UP from your trip down. Irrespective if the notion has to do with you working overtime to starting a family, to loving someone, there is a cost involved therein. If you decided not to commit suicide due to the vicissitudes of life mercilessly assaulting you, it costs to live! Life requires resolves to stay in it, come heavenly blessings or hellish beat downs. The cost by which you count aren't denominated by Jackson's, Grants, or Benjamin's, by the way. We are talking about the most limited commodity - time. You have to consider (i.e. "count") if whether or not the promotion will cost you peace of mind, accepting the invitation will cost a friendship, being honest will cost the investment, cheating will cost your relationship, arguing will cost the rapport. Spiritually it cost to clean up your life, for Jesus declared this: "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26 Any action we initiate should always be looked at in light of what it will cost to execute. Brothers and Sisters Be more than 'READY"...Be Prepared!

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