QOD-078: Machiavelli -What remains to be done must be done by you; God will not . .

Niccolo Machiavelli - Nathan Pierce What remains to be done must be done by you... God will not do everything himself.Niccolo Machiavelli

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A special thanks to my friend, and Goal Getting Podcast listener, Nathan Pierce for Today’s Goal Getting Quote of the Day AND for creating the graphic for our show today. You can find it on our show notes page at Goal Getting Podcast dot com / qod78. Nathan is also the host of Microbrewr Podcast (http://microbrewr.com/) If you are wanting to start your own brewery, I encourage you to go listen to Nathan’s podcast. The link is on the show notes page as well.

Nathan shared a quote from Machiavelli that goes:

What remains to be done must be done by you. . . .
God will not do everything himself.

~ Niccolo Machiavelli

This quote reminds me of a story that I heard once. I think I heard it years ago before Hurricane Katrina, but the last time I heard it, or maybe I turned it into a lesson again after Katrina because it made a lot of sense and a good lesson.

Jake lived in a house in the New Orleans. He heard the news one day saying that there was a massive hurricane coming toward New Orleans. His neighbors, as they were packing to leave, told him he should do the same.  Jake looked at them as they were driving off and said, “God will provide for me, I trust in God.”

The hurricane hit land fall and the rains came. Water started filling up the land around Jake’s home. The police came by and told Jake he should leave. Jake told them, “I’ll be OK, God will provide, I trust in God.”

The waters rose over the first floor and Jake had to move upstairs.  The National Guard came by in a boat to get Jake. Jake turned them away, saying all would be OK. “God will provide, I trust in God.”

The dikes broke and the the waters rose above the second floor and Jake had to move onto the roof. As Jake was sitting on the roof, praying, a helicopter came by to rescue Jake. He waved them off, “I’ll be OK, God will provide, I trust in God.”

Later that day, Jake appeared at the Pearly Gates before God. Jake sadly said to God, “God why have you forsaken me? I trusted in you to provide for me, to save me.”

God looked at Jake and said, softly, “I sent you warning by the media, I sent the police for you,  I sent you a boat, I even sent you a helicopter.  The rest had to be done by you.”

The moral of that story and this quote, I believe is that God will not do everything for you. Don’t just trust in God for him to provide everything for you. He gives us great things, like a brain, like intelligence, drive, passion and the abilities to do what we need to do to take care of ourselves.

Machiavelli had it right – What remains to be done must be done by you. . . God will not do everything himself.

Set your goals and then do what it takes to achieve those goals. It won’t get done without you doing the actions needed to Get The Goals You Set.

That’s why I always say, Go Out And MAKE Today a Great Day.


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