Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do!

As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge jumps, for example. If I put my body on autopilot and get through each set, my mental state is a whole lot better than if I procrastinate about doing the workout, or worry about how difficult it’s going to be before I even try.

Better to plunge in and do it without wasting time and energy thinking about it.

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The same applies to other activities in my daily life. Some renovation and crafting projects I’ve been working on since our homeschool year ended seem overwhelming in their scope, especially since I can only work on them for a few hours each day.

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But if I want to create my dream home, I know it’s up to me (with a great deal of help from my family) to pick up a paint brush, or sit down at my sewing machine. If I think about the hours of work still to be completed, I’ll get discouraged before I even begin.


What a comforting thought that our Christian lives move forward in much the same way!

Some days, we must simply put one foot in front of the other, without overthinking God’s will for us, or fretting about his ultimate plan for our lives.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:6

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As long as we walk with him every day, God’s plans for us will unfold a bit a time, as he feels is best. But if we are too hesitant to step out in faith, we won’t ever get ahead.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6

On those days when I’m not feeling like the world’s best Christian, overwhelmed by my inadequacies and the challenges of the Christian life…I just do it. I have my devotions. I pray that the Holy Spirit will make up for my weaknesses. I try to look at a tough day as just a few steps on the road of the Christian life.

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. – from Hebrews 12:1, 2

Do you ever have days during which you need to “just do it?” Are you working on home renovations this summer? I do so appreciate your comments.


because home wasn't built in a day

15 thoughts on “Don’t Think, Just Do”

  1. I think we all have such days. I find when I shut my brain down and just do it, the activity, whatever it is, flows so much smoother and becomes so much more enjoyable. My interior side relaxes, and I find myself more open to and aware of the unexpected blessings God always can provide. — Mike

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    1. I love that perspective. I’m facing a writing deadline right now…once I begin the actual writing process, I find it more of a pleasure than a chore. And what a privilege to be able to work from home!

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  2. Why yes Sister every day is a just do it day around here 🙂 I mean who wants to get up and mow grass, weedeat, do laundry, figure out dinner, deal with all the family issues/problem solving, home improvements (He He) etc….AND do this while being the picture perfect child of God, Christian woman, wife, and mother 🙂 Thankfully God knows us, how we are, and will provide an exit. Hence, I feel, the just do it mode 🙂 He is certainly a provider 🙂 We, for the moment are done with the home improvements, now it is just the upkeep. Of course still waiting on repairs from the hurricane from last October…smh but that’s a whole other subject 🙂

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  3. I love this. I have seen a meme that asked if anyone else gets “pre-annoyed,” as in thinking about something that’s going to happen and already being annoyed. It made me contemplate how often we make ourselves feel negative emotions by overthinking things. I’m trying harder to be present and not cue my own mental anguish. You’re so right that in our faith walks, we have days where we just need to put one foot in front of the other.

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    1. Pre-annoyed——— Out in the country where i am from, we have a unique term for this: curious ( pronounced CUE-iss ) . EXAMPLE: I almost “curioused” myself out of going to the reunion, but i am glad i went. This term is also used for anybody who is haughty, persnickety and hard-to-please. EXAMPLE: Wipe your feet real good before you get in her car; she’s sorta ‘curious’ about it. LOL 🙂

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  4. Oh, Yes! Lots of times. Many times I sit down to write and physically and mentally I am just not there. If I went by my feelings, I wouldn’t write much. But, you know, sometimes it is on those days when I think I have nothing to offer, and absolutely God just takes over, it is then that something the Lord gave me to write will be just what someone needed to hear that day. And, I know I didn’t do it. I had nothing to give. I just let God work through me for his glory, and he did.

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