Just do it
Prompt: “you can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.’- Tina Fey
It might be easy to laugh at this childish scenario, but in essence we do it all the time on different levels.
It speaks to me loudly in the avenue of faith in God and His ability to work though me.
When I am asked to do something, it is easy to say let me think about it and either fret worry and agonize over it or put it on the shelf walk away and hope it stays there.
In the circles I am lucky enough to run in things are often done spontaneously and so there isn’t really time to do the uh… um…err…well thing. You just have to say ok here goes and trust that God will use you.
When Peter was invited out of the boat, He didn’t think he just trusted and did it, it wasn’t until he began to think, overthink, look around and become distracted that He fell.
The thing that I love the most, usually happens one on one or in a small group, you are all chatting about something and no one is thinking of what is coming next or competing or anything and next thing you know something profound comes out of someone’s mouth.
So profound in fact that you and they know it wasn’t from them but God joining into the conversation. When you read that line, it does sound mystical but really it isn’t. I am sure many of you out there have done the, ‘wow, where did that come from’… ‘cool’!
I have learned over many years of ministering to children and ladies that how you perceive it and how God worked are often very different. I know many times I have come out after a session and said ‘well God, it wasn’t great today but I did my best, I pray you used it somehow’.
Wouldn’t that be the time you hear one of your students saying to someone else …wow that was so good today, we learned…
I am continually amazed at how God comes though when we step out in faith and try not to analyze everything.
It has also been my experience that when I want to try something new someone will tell me, it’s nothing just do it. Yet I am scared stiff and want someone to come hold my hand while I get the gist of what I am supposed to do.
Naturally when I have done it, I think to myself, what on earth was I afraid of it was not nearly as hard as I thought.
I had the opportunity to teach in Haiti, and to say the least it is a very different place than here. I was just trying to walk in faith without hyper analyzing everything.
Well my faith was tested.
I was taken to the place to teach and they told me “do not touch this tree you will go blind”. And to my other side was a nice pile of human excrement. I had every opportunity to become paranoid and hyper analyze. I said to myself if Paul can do it I can too, then did not think about it again until afterwards.
I have so many stories and no doubt you do too.
This particular friend of mine wanted to be a wall flower, don’t ask me to do anything, I don’t want to ruffle feathers. Her words didn’t declare this as much as her actions and posture.
She was asked to do a simple choreographed dance with several other girls. Her eyes got huge with terror, no I can’t do that.
We began to show her how easy it was, and she decided she would try it.
With fear and much trembling and reassurance she did it and after the fact was saying I can’t believe I did that, it wasn’t as hard as I thought.
As a professional knitter I hear people say all the time I can’t do that, my reply is almost always the same, it is only two stitches, you can do it!
One of my favorite sayings is, if He brought you to it, He will bring you through it.
It is so true! Our analysis and self-doubt can sometimes be our worst enemy.
Step out in faith, trust God and do your best! And I might add keep your eyes on Him. : )
Special thanks to Jan Cox authorjaniscox for your encouragement and the provision of these prompts