(Quit Trying) “Just Do It”:

Most everyone is familiar with the above phrase made popular by Nike.  I had a football coach years ago that screamed at us saying, “Quit trying and JUST DO IT!”  Those seemed to be some of his favorite words.  Evidently there was a difference, in his mind anyway, between “trying” and “doing.”  I read as much material on building relationships, personal development and developing leadership skills as possible.  Michael Hyatt is one of my “distant mentors.”  Michael is an author, podcaster, blogger, speaker and former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson.  This is mentioned because Michael caught my attention recently in an article stating the differences between “trying” and “doing.”


Some of you watched the Star Wars movie (I did not), “The Empire Strikes Back.”  According to Michael there is a line in the movie where Yoda says, “No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  Hyatt took this phrase as an illustration stating, “When we say we are trying we don’t really have to do anything.  It provides us with an excuse for why we didn’t accomplish the outcome we say we want.”  The point is, you either do something or you don’t.  Trying is really the same as not doing it.  It just makes it easier for us to let ourselves off the hook when we fail.


How many times have we attempted something and everything was grand until difficulty set in.  The exams at school got harder.  The perfect relationship turned out to be not so perfect and problems developed.  You’ve tried to get a job, but no one is hiring.  When the road is clear we all can succeed, but most roads I’ve ever traveled get muddy, hilly, slippery, rocky and hard to press forward.  Unfortunately, that’s when many people quit.  They “tried” to correct the marital problem.  They “tried” to beat the addiction.  They “tried” to get a good education.  They “tried” God, but that didn’t work either.  Success doesn’t come from lack of problems.  Success comes to those who keep pressing on in spite of the problems.  In other words, don’t give up!  If you’ve set a worthy goal, keep it in front of you.  Sure, there will be discouraging days, but so what?  Discouraging days are God’s reminders to us that we need His help – IN ALL THINGS!  The Apostle said, “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippian 4:13).  Stop using the “I tried” excuse and jump back into the battle with your eyes on your goal.  Building a relationship with God.  Improving a marriage or personal relationship.  Completing your education.  Working hard at your craft.  Defeating the addiction.  What is your mission?  QUIT TRYING and JUST DO IT!


Pastor Carnes