Just Do It!

I just consulted the weather report and it tells me we will get more snow this weekend – maybe as much as 12 inches over the course of Sabbath, Sunday, and Monday. And it’s going to be cold. You would think it’s winter or something!

I actually love snow. I love sitting inside with a warm drink watching it gently fall, or not so gently fall, like in a blizzard.

I love how it looks when everything is covered in a coat of fresh white – it looks so clean and fresh.

I just hate shoveling it – it just feels like too much work.

I know the exercise and fresh air is good for me. I know I will sleep better after shoveling, once I can get past the muscle aches. And, I know shoveling snow several days in a row is a good work-out routine.

I just don’t like it much.

It’s funny, but often times things that are good for us are things we don’t think we want to do – at least not right now.

Why is that?

I think it’s because it takes more effort to get up and do something different. So we want to put it off. And then if you’re like me, it takes a long time before it gets done.

This is also true of spiritual things. To get up a few minutes earlier than usual to spend some time with Jesus can feel so hard. To step out in faith when Jesus points out something He wants you to do feels so inconvenient and often a bit risky.

Sometimes you have to simply go with the Nike saying just do it. In my life, both in things like shoveling snow and in following Jesus, it seems to work out quite well. Because the more time I spend thinking about it, the more I tend to convince myself that it can wait. And once I start down that road, it’s hard to get off of it.

So, whatever Jesus has been putting on your heart, just do it. You’ll be happy you did.