Righteous Acts Bring Righteous Thoughts

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. – Proverbs 16:3

Normally, I’m a planner. I like to think things through – sometimes to death – before I’m comfortable embarking on some new activity. But committing to any new, good habit often requires a little less thought and a lot more action.

If I think too long about exercising or fasting, for example, I can come up with all kinds of reasons why I shouldn’t work out that day, or why I can put off fasting.

However, if I simply step into my exercise clothes as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, or keep myself busy during the time I intend to fast, those entire experiences are much less stressful.

Nike has it right: just do it!


The Lord asks that we approach the Christian life in much the same way: if we know something to be right, no matter our thoughts or feelings on the matter, we should just do it.

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We should pray, even when our prayers seem ineffectual.

We should read the Bible, even when the Holy Spirit seems silent.

We should be kind, even to people who seem unappreciative, or who misunderstand us.

We should witness, even when we are afraid.

Despite emotions that waver according to our exhaustion or confusion, we should faithfully carry on, serving and loving – doing – as God has commanded.

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I discovered that the Hebrew idea of committing involves rolling a burden to another that is too heavy for us to carry.

I love that! I just need to roll my burden of good deeds into the Lord’s strong, capable hands each day, and he’ll help me perform them. And with those right actions, right thoughts and motives will come.

I can pray in faith, knowing that the Lord has promised to listen. I can trust that I will eventually hear the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice again. I will reach out in kindness to others, knowing that Jesus would do so. I can witness without trepidation.

True transformation will take place, and I will be more like Christ.


What must you simply do without thinking too much about it? I look forward to your comments.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:1, 2

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18 thoughts on “Righteous Acts Bring Righteous Thoughts”

  1. How fun that, on another site, I just finished a comment that fits perfectly here! The topic was evangelization and the hesitancy it can cause within us, especially if we overthink the moment. In my last sermon, I was graced from above with this thought: “We have no need to worry about saying or doing something wrong; the same God who assured Moses from the burning bush will give us the right words and actions.” I need to remember that! — Mike

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  2. I love the idea of rolling my burdens to others so that they can help me with them. Certainly requires humility!
    The list of things I simply should be doing seems to me much longer than the things I actually do. I too am a thinker and planner, and like you I can often talk myself out of doing what I know I ought to do.
    To help me with this, I have made it a spiritual discipline to have quiet prayer time, scripture reading and memorization completed before I begin the tasks of the day. As I spend this quiet time with the Lord ,He draws me ever closer to Him, which allows me to more clearly see His will for me and gives me the nudge to get about His kingdom business.
    As always, I appreciate your thoughts,
    Pastor Chuck

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  3. Great post sis. I am an overthinker and I feel most of the headaches I have comes as a result of me thinking too much.

    We are not to do things because we feel like doing them but we should do them because we know they are the right things to do. Thanks for this reminder sis

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  4. Why yes, thinking things into oblivion is a specialty of mine 🙂 I often wonder if the Good LORD is just shaking His head at me. This is something in the past few months I have really been praying and thanking the LORD for helping me stop doing it, and know that if I just talk with Him about whatever it is that has to be done He will do all the heavy lifting. I just have to do the part of putting one foot in front of the other. 🙂

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  5. Good points! This advice definitely applies to exercise, haha, but I also see how it could apply to serving on a church committee, trying a new mission idea, doing daily devotions, etc. God’s got “the bottom line”!

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    1. Yes, for sure! So much in life requires us simply doing the right thing, even when it’s not easy. But we can complicate things with too much thinking. My excuse can often be fatigue, too, so I do my best to accomplish the things that truly matter in the early part of the day.

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