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Nodding My Head, or Moving My Feet?

I found myself doing it this week as I listened to a podcast. The “it” was nodding my head because I was agreeing with the information the speaker was sharing. I was agreeing that what was being shared was what needed to be done in order to bring change to the problem that had been presented. Nothing wrong with nodding my head in agreement. The problem is that I didn’t get up from desk and do anything with what I was agreeing with. Can you relate to this scenario? Ever said that would work, and then not do anything about it?

There seems to be some disconnect between my head and my feet. I find it much easier to nod in agreement than to take steps of agreement. Evidently there are some people in my churches that have a similar disconnect. I know this because of how often I see people nodding in agreement during a sermon or saying amen to a statement and then coming in the next Sunday with nothing changed. The truth is that sometimes I nod at my own sermon and then start working on the next sermon before I take steps to change. Man I hate to admit that, but it is the painful truth.

Maybe we need to start a support group. You know, we could gather together frequently and say “Hi, my name is Dennis and I nod in favor of change much more than I take steps to change.” Maybe that would spur us to move from nodding to walking.

As I listened to that podcast I found myself not only nodding in agreement but saying “That’s right. That will make a difference.” Then the speaker answered a question that had been sent from a listener. The essence was that the listener wanted to know how to move from gaining knowledge to taking action on the subject being discussed. The speaker informed the listener that if they were just continually gaining information with no change of behavior then they probably didn’t really want to change. OUCH!!

Wow! That was a truth bomb that really hurt. Did you feel it?

I must confess that at times I say I am interested in change more than I am willing to take the steps to change. In other words I am too often more into nodding my head than moving my feet. “Hi, my name is Dennis and I am more of a head nodder than a feet mover.”

So here’s to us encouraging each other to take a step toward our goal. To take some of that energy we are using to nod our heads and use it to move our feet. Who’s with me?

How about you? Ready to take a step? It can be a small one, just slide your foot forward. No matter how small the step is it is better than just nodding your head, isn’t it?

Here’s hoping that this Sunday many of us will move our feet. Think of the possibilities. We could begin changing our homes, our communities and beyond with just a step. Especially is we move them on Monday, or Wednesday, or, well you get the idea. Excuse me as I get up and move my feet toward my goal.



About dennyowens

I am a pastor, writer, and coach who is seeking to encourage people to follow Jesus and regain hope. I am a husband to a wonderful wife and helpmate, a father to great kids who are following Jesus and a grandpa to the greatest grandkids in the world. I have been a coach for many sports and a coach to a few pastors as well. I love sports, love to read, love to fish and love to do anything with my grandkids.

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