Proactive vs. Reactive


Proactive – (of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.

Reactive – showing a response to a stimulus, acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it.

Has something ever happened to you that you could of taken care of earlier but you decided to put it off? Don’t feel bad because it’s happened to me as well. Being proactive is a choice and it can determine some of the most important things in your life.

Let’s say you set your alarm clock and you go to sleep. Simple right? But then, your alarm clock doesn’t wake you up. (That’s happened to me quite often) Now you’ve overslept and depending on what you did the night before will determine what you’re about to do;

You wake up and realize you’ve overslept. You stumble out of bed and rush to you dresser. Now you’re throwing clothes everywhere trying to find something to wear. Therefor, you will waste precious time.

You wake up and realize you’ve overslept. You get out of bed and grab the clothes you’ve set aside the night before.

See a difference? It’s a simple lifestyle change that could flow over into other areas of your life.

I’m still a student of being Proactive.

Just last week, I was at work eating my lunch. I finished the work day and went home. Just like any other day, I got ready for bed and went to sleep. At 3:00am, I woke up in crucial pain. It took me a moment to figure out where I was hurting. My mouth was throbbing. Then I realized, I had a toothache. Man oh man that was some horrible pain! I popped a couple of pain relievers and they did not help at all. So for the rest of the night I sat there in pain for the next 6 hours until the dentist office opened. I could not focus on anything at work with my toothache. When I got to the dentist, he told me I need to get a tooth filled in. He scheduled a filling for the next day! So after another sleepless night of pain and pills, I went to the dentist and got my tooth filled in.


Yep, that’s me with a piece of metal sticking out of my mouth. I endured that pain due to my lack of being proactive. Sure, I brush and floss every now and then. However, it obviously wasn’t enough. I slacked on taking care of my body and had to pay the price. All of this was avoidable if I would have been better at being proactive.

God can not use us if we’re not taking care of ourselves.

I’m not saying that you will get a toothache. But ask yourself, “How can I be more proactive in my life?” Really take a personal inventory of what you’re just breezing through. Be proactive and own the responsibility that God has given you over your life.

Read these scriptures:

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15 ESV)

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” (Deut. 30:19 ESV)

“Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices.” (Prov. 1:28-31 ESV)

Even going back to Eden, we have been trying to shift the blame for our own decisions. “But the woman who You gave me…” “But the serpent…..” (Genesis 3)


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