There’s a significant distinction between trying and doing. When you try there is an understanding that your conscious action may or may not succeed. You could try your whole life and never see real results and occasionally have a bit of luck with spotty strategy.
How often do we believe the words “I’ll try” as being a commitment to accomplishing something? I believe when we “just try” we’re not 100% committed. When we get distracted, fatigued by our efforts, or complicate the entire process, we move on to the next thing.
When we “try” we’re promising to not take action.
When I hear someone say “I’ll try” I usually decipher that as “No, I’m not going to do this.”
Don’t believe me? When was the last time you created a “try-list?” I’ll try to wake up early, I’ll try to accomplish all my tasks, I’ll try to work out.
There is a reason we call them to-do lists.
If you’re doing something, then no matter how many times you hit a roadblock, or fail, or no matter how unproductive you’re feeling about your strategy, you promise to do the work. You made a vow to get it done, no matter the cost.
Trying is well-meaning intention. Doing is action.
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
What Does Scripture Say About Doing Work?
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” —James 2:14-17
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Acts 2:41
The action James is talking about are acts of love towards fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. He’s not talking about praying or doing a Bible study but merely doing. James understands that we can talk until we are blue in the face, sing along with worship songs in our car, and listen to our favorite theologians speak about our favorite Bible verses, but if we never step out and DO, it’s all for nothing. Our faith is dead.
I love how the writer of Acts simply ends that sentence by saying, “Knock, and it will be opened to you.” He’s not asking you to break down any doors. The SWAT team shouldn’t be on standby ready to plow their way into a new opportunity. A simple knock is all that it takes for a door to open.
It may seem like a big step and maybe the scariest step, but isn’t it scarier to never take that initial step?
Today is simple. JUST DO IT. It’s like riding a bicycle. You’re going to lose your balance from time to time. Maybe even scrape your knee, but you’re going to get back on that bike and find your balance again.
When addressing your objectives for the day, write down actionable steps that will help you complete them. Break down those tasks into manageable to-do list items. It can be overwhelming when looking at a huge task, but if you’re able to break it apart and tackle one line at a time, you’ll be able to complete it.
Today, may you throw yourself entirely upon God’s mercy and accomplish what you’ve set out to achieve. May you realize that your faith is truly the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.