November 2017

So, Let’s Do It!

Let’s do it! Do what? Live this life abundantly. I love to live life, out loud and on purpose. Not rudely or without discipline but with passion. We have one shot at this life; we get to live everyday ONCE! So, I decided a long time ago that I want to live it in a way that leaves a mark on every person I encounter. I want to do something in this life every day that lives longer than I do. And it doesn’t require months or years of planning. It requires being intentional, every day.

I wish I could tell you that I have always been that way but that would not be true. It actually took me watching the lives of others end too soon according to my timeline. It has seasoned me, it has made moments seem sweeter, has made life seem more valuable. It has made me super sensitive to TIME. It has been a constant reminder of one of my favorite scriptures, “So, let’s do it—-full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps His Word. Let’s see how inventive we can be encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshipping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” Heb. 10:24-26 MSG

It has caused me to become an encourager, to become a cheerleader of others. It has made me want to celebrate my life and the lives of others, especially those who are serving the Kingdom of God by serving others. I truly am convinced that if we will start doing exactly what the Word teaches us that our lives will become more satisfying! That we will walk with a little more pep in our step. When someone comes along and says, “Hey, thank you”, or “I appreciate you”, doesn’t that make you pause and smile? Doesn’t it make you take a breath and have a feeling of purpose? Are there any words more powerful to a mother’s ear than that of her child saying, “Hey Mom, I love you”, “Mom, you’re the best”? How about our spouse saying something similar to us? Even now, my husband just walked by and said “What you’re doing is appreciated”, he has no idea what I’m doing at this computer. But oh how it SPURS ME ON! We all know how it makes us feel but this life makes us so busy that we fail to SAY IT! Try it now, get up, text or call someone and say something that SPURS him or her on. CELEBRATE someone else. Teach your kids to do the same.

Life is hard at times, no matter your title, name or position in this life. Life is busy with more demands on everyday than time will allow us to accomplish. I encourage you to take your life back! Yes, do what’s necessary each day, what’s required. But somewhere in EVERY day, take time to DO the eternal things. Lay your hands on your family and “speak” over them and take the time to just speak to them. Be intentional, greet a stranger with a smile of love, celebrate a friend, a neighbor, and a coworker. I assure you that if you will make it a habit to encourage others, to spur them on, you will begin to encounter people that will SPUR you on as well. I have learned that giving what I need fills me up in ways that are indescribable by words.

As we enter the Holidays, let’s be mindful of the time. Let’s bring life to our words by speaking into one another. Let’s change the world, one person at a time.

Beth Carter serves in ministry alongside her husband, Pastor Alton Carter of Coastal Cathedral in Savannah. They have 4 children and a beautiful daughter in law, who all serve with them in different areas of ministry. She has also served on the State Girls Club Board and is currently serving on the SGA State Women’s Discipleship Board.