A few years ago (ok several….) a shoe company NIKE came out with a slogan for their shoes- Just Do It. The commercials on TV made you feel as though you could do anything as long as you were wearing a pair of NIKE shoes. This chapter gave me the same sort of feeling….and that’s not a bad thing!
Last week I had the privileged of riding with Al Dunning in Missouri. I am part of his Team AD International Protegé program and have spoken at a Cowboy Church service with him. He’s become a friend and I appreciate how he teaches me. In the Protegé program, you pay Al a set monthly fee and gain access to a library of training videos. You then work through a progression of skill sets, video yourself and horse performing each skill, and submit them for a “pass” or “try again” comment from Al. (please note-in MY mind it’s PASS or FAIL) I had received a phone call from Al on his way to MO, he was asking why I hadn’t submitted any videos for a couple of months. Timidly, I replied that my riding time had been limited and that I didn’t feel like my skills were “good enough” to video and submit yet. He chuckled and asked, “Lisa, do we have to be clean before we come to God? Of course not! It’s not about the skill being perfect. It’s about you learning and allowing me to help you. Just submit the videos!” I reluctantly replied, “Ok Al. I will submit the videos.”
Over the past couple weeks, Al’s words have played over and over in my mind. “Do we have to be clean before we come to God? Of course not! It’s not about the skill being perfect. It’s about you learning and allowing me to help you.” As I read this first chapter in our book, Lysa did an awesome job of summing it up in six words! “Whatever God says do, do it.” As I sit and type this morning, God is burning in my heart the words, Just Do It. I’ve spent so much time being hung up on things being perfect. I’ve wasted precious time and put myself through so much grief, simply because things didn’t feel perfect. I’ve passed up opportunities, divine appointments, and said “no” because I’m not perfect. However, God is really showing me that it’s not about the skill (my life, my kids, my husband, my horses, my house, etc.) being perfect. It’s about me learning and allowing him to help me.
On page 20, Lysa reminds us that, “We have to set our rules and agendas aside-our dos and don’ts, our social graces and proper places-and follow God’s command. His one requirement is so simple, yet so profound; Whatever God says do, do it.” When we say “Yes” to God, is not just about not sinning. It’s about walking with God daily, every single moment of the day. Saying “Yes” to God isn’t about perfect performance. It’s about surrendering to the Lord. It’s hearing from God, feeling his nudges, participating in his activities, and experiencing his blessings. (pg. 19) For me, it’s about being real. Really real. It doesn’t matter where I’m coming from, or where I’ve been. It doesn’t matter that I’m not perfect (there I said it!) or that I never will be. It’s about just doing it anyway!
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What is holding you back from a deeper relationship with God?
Is there something you need to let go of in order to have the freedom to say yes to God?
How did this chapter speak to you?