Tuesday, February 19, 2008

There Is No Try. Just Do The Next Right Thing.

Just some things I've been thinking about this week...

The famous Phillippians 4:13 states, "I can do all things, through Him who strengthens me." Is this exaggerated? Is it just a figure of speech? I can't pretend to know, but it surely doesn't seem that way to me.

In "The Empire Strikes Back," Yoda tells Luke Skywalker to do something and Luke answers saying doubtfully, "I'll try." Mercilessly, Yoda responds with, "Either do or do not. There is no try."

I thought that was quite an interesting remark. Aren't there a lot of things that we don't attempt, simply because we don't think we can do them? Perhaps we want to break an addiction, or fight some kind of temptation. We don't think we can do it, so we rationalize our premeditated failure, saying, "I'll try." Isn't this attitude directly contradictory with the 4:13 verse?

I think C.S. Lewis puts it very well (again), "When a thing is to be attempted, one must never think about possibilty or impossibility."

Maybe we should stop procrastinating and get up and do the next right thing, because we know we can.

And of course, we don't want to forget the second part of the verse: "...through HIM who strengthens me."

Seize The Day!


Jocelyn @ A Pondering Heart said...

Wow, great post StrongJoy. I think you made a good point in this post, though it was shorts than your usual. ; ) I hope you're all having fun getting to see new friends. I hope to talk to you soon!


TheLORD'sDaughter said...

Amen! Great post!

Welcome to the United States! I have not been around in a while and did not know that you came over to this continent!

To the KING be all the glory!

Your sister in Christ,
Rebekah ~ The LORD's Daughter