Dallas wrote:Don't worry about the results. Just take the actions to follow the directions... and don't look back. Sometimes, down the road we see why something worked out the way it did and sometimes we see nothing. We just keep putting one foot in front of the other -- doing the best that we can do -- and, we leave it at that.
Oh now that's beautiful! And SIMPLE! What a perfect way to say it. Here it goes again: CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION NEVER FAILS!!!
And so much so with my "beliefs" too. Big Brother here used to drive me nuts about how his beliefs about God could be wrong, but if he took "action, and more action" everything would work out right. That sucker even had the nerve to tell me that for him, his actions defined his beliefs
about God! That was PREPOSTEROUS! Dallas just kept on saying that maybe it was OK for my beliefs to define my actions, but for him that was a risk he wasn't willing to take. For some reason, I stewed about that for a while, and I thought Dallas must be some kind of "weird California brand" of AA.
One day it hit me real hard. Dallas was right all along. If I take the right actions as suggested, there would be no doubting "God's will". His will would just "happen" in spite of what I believed - even about Him! I don't know what I was looking for in the book, but it didn't have anything to do with this "action defines beliefs" thing. I accidentally
came across this passage in the book - it was one I don't think Dallas even knew was there, yet he was LIVING it out - and I was arguing with him against it. It's on page 93:
"To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish constructive action."
It was those first 3 words "To be vital" that pulled me to that passage like a magnet. I knew that means "to be ALIVE". The only way faith comes to life is through "self sacrifice and unselfish constructive action". Then the light went on. That's just what Dallas does! But before I "surrendered" to that fact, I had to test this out. Let me tell you what - I've been "testing" this out every day since then. It was true. It is true. Now you'd think I was the one to come up with taking action I say it so much:
CONSTRUCTIVE ACTION NEVER FAILS!!!
Action is everything. My beliefs can be shaky or wrong, or I can wonder "was it God's will, really?" But I'll always
have faith that is "vital" and alive if I remember those four words.
Simple and beautiful. Thanks Dallas. You're what big brothers are there for.