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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Proactive vs. Reactive

Proactive: acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes

Reactive: of, relating to, or marked by reaction or reactance

Over the past few weeks I have started to think about how to be proactive rather than reactive. As my family dealt with the loss of my grandpa, I realized that being proactive in planning my life will make it a lot easier for everyone close to me as well. Being proactive in other areas of life are important as well. Financially, we need to plan ahead to be ready for any unforeseen circumstances (loss of job, disability, major house repair, etc.). Relationally, we need to prepare for the future as well. We need to create trusting, meaningful relationships so that we can help those people and they can help us through any difficult times of need. It is extremely important to do this with family members. Our faith is another area in which we need to be proactive. Waiting and asking God for help only when we are in need is like not talking to a friend except when we need something. The needed person isn't going to be quick to help with your needs, when you haven't taken the time to build a relationship with them. God is a loving and forgiving God, but he is also a jealous God. He wants you to seek a strong relationship with Him so he can bless you in many ways (especially with an everlasting life in Heaven with him). Today, focus on becoming more proactive. Start to focus on planning for the future with your finances, relationships and especially with your faith. Have a blessed day!