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To Do Or Not To Do.

Posted on 2 October, 2015 at 13:30

I recently listened to a pod cast with Michael Hyatte. The theme was built around the now familiar statement Yoda made to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back: "Do or do not, there is no try." While this statement comes from of a popular movie it none-the-less rings true. Mr. Hyatte commented that it is all in the language we use. You can't really "try" to do anything, you either do it or you don't. What trying does for us is gives us an out, an excuse if we do something and it doesn't work. Using the word try allows us to avoid commitment and keeps us from searching for other creative solutions.

Our relationship with God is a “do or do not” commitment as well. We either confess our sins and receive forgiveness, or we do not. We spend time getting to know Him, or we do not. We spend time with God’s people, or we do not. God gives us the privilege of choice. He never pushes us.

We want to see personal growth in our lives, but are afraid to really commit to the effort it takes so we say, "I'll try," but it is a halfhearted effort. Make a choice, then go all out to accomplish the goal. What do you need to do today to get the results you want to see in your life? It is a day-by-day journey.

Some days I struggle with God's direction. I have begun to pray that God would give me the courage to search for answers and explore the options before me until my path becomes clear, to give me the wisdom to understand what He wants me to know and learn, and to know how and when to help and encourage the people around me (and when not to). God’s will is so much more than where I live or what job I chose to do. Location and job choices are just avenues through which God moves.

I often feel I have looked at life in a haphazard manner, jumping on the next exciting possibility, without really considering the consequences. I hope I've left that attitude behind as I’ve matured, but I still have to be aware of the tendency in my personality. Learning to walk in maturity and a spirit of growth is a lifelong pursuit. How will you do it? Will you just “try,” or will you make a choice to pursue God, pursue life, pursue growth?

Yoda may have nothing to do with living a godly life, but, like Luke, we still make the choice to “do or not do,” Do we choose to live life fully, or will we choose to simply exist. I want to live life fully, how about you? Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below. If you would like help on your journey, leave me an email on the contact page.

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