Are you actually doing anything?

Evan Forester —  July 2, 2012

I studied Philosophy often while in college. I enjoyed the critical thinking I learned, but something always drove me crazy about the subject. I remember walking up to my classes, and there were often students hanging outside the building chatting about the latest ideas and solutions to world problems.

It seemed like everyone had resolved everything. “Well, I know why we exist…” or “If we want to fix America…” or “There really isn’t evil in the world, we just need to understand…”

There were dozens of different explanations for each of these issues. The problem, however, is that no one ever moved past the steps of Peabody Hall to actually pursue any solutions! All they wanted to do was sit there and discuss issues. They wanted to prove that they were smart, but they never actually did anything.

We see the same problem in Athens, where much of our philosophy was founded. In Acts 17, Paul visits Athens to tell them about living the full life. There was a problem, however, and it is seen in Acts 17:21, “All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.

Some things never change I guess. But here is the deal: if you never actually live life, you can never hope to live the full life! 

Sitting around and talking about ideas is not living. It is important, it can be essential preparation for living, but if you never live out those great ideas, what is the point of discussing them!? There is a broken world that exists outside your mind, and if you want to impact it, you’ll have to actually do something about it.

Our mission at #LiveFully is this: “to celebrate followers of Jesus impacting (not escaping) culture and to inspire others to do the same.” If you want to join us on this mission, you are invited. We need your help!

Do we want your ideas? Of course! But, even more so, we want to see your ideas come to life.

IMPORTANT QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER: What ideas has God given me to either know Him more or make the world a better place? What is preventing me from doing those things today?

Evan Forester

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This post was by Evan, an adventure enthusiast learning to #LiveFully in New Zealand. He now writes for Embracing Exile.