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.
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.
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