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Just Do It!

It is the enemy of productivity, often keeping me stuck.God honors our obedience

It exposes a heart that still struggles to rely on God.

It reveals a spirit of excellence that is vulnerable to contamination by pride.

If I am going to do this, it’s got to be done right.  “Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord”…It is serious business for me that I represent my Father well.  I’m not interested in producing a perfect effort.  I want to produce a perfect outcome!

Sounds noble, right?

Yes, it pleases God when we work at everything we do with a spirit of excellence.  He loves that I work with a desire to please Him.  He appreciates that I want to make Him look good.   But He also knows me down to my core; pleasing God hasn’t always been the motive for my striving.  Even as I’ve worked diligently to bring this blog to life, I’ve had to constantly refocus on the bottom line.  God told me to do this, and I need to just do it.  It’s easy for me to hide behind my scriptures, and try to put a holy spin on my tendency towards striving for perfection.  Truth is, God doesn’t require me to be perfect, He requires me to be holy!

So I put forth my best effort, focus on doing what God asks of me, and I trust Him with the rest.

Denouncing perfection, I avoid:

Doubt and Fear.  This destructive duo almost always visits at the same.  They say “are you sure this is what God meant?  You can’t do it.  You aren’t that great at writing.  You don’t have anything important to say.  No one will read it.”  Doubt and fear cause paralysis.

Comparison.  The opportunities to compare are endless. Comparison quenches passion and authenticity.

People-pleasing.  The temptation to try to figure out what people expect, or to make everyone happy constantly knocks at the door.  Looking away from the masses, and focusing on the Master helps to ignore that knock.

Pride.  Striving for perfection almost always has its root in preserving self-image.  It says I am fully capable, I am perfect.  Humility acknowledges that my sufficiency comes from Christ, and He alone makes me worthy and able.  He is the giver of every good and perfect gift; the goal is to use it for His glory.

Frustration.  It’s the thermometer that reminds me to remember my assignment.  Am I trying to do too much?  Am I trying to do too much, too soon?  What is required of me right now?  Frustration chokes out all creativity.  When it bubbles up, table the task at hand, step back (or away),and reassess the goal.

Delay.  Striving for perfection results in delay at the very least, and abandonment at the very worst.  My best may not be perfect, but it’s good enough.

Say it with me, “I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to be willing”.  Obedience is the end game.  Perfection is the distraction.

By one sacrifice–by Jesus’ obedience–He is making you perfect.  There is liberty in knowing that God honors your effort, and makes up the difference!  So, that thing God’s put in your heart to do – go on.  Just do it!

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  1. OMG!!!!!!
    YOU DID IT!!!!
    I am so proud of you. This is the beginning of beautiful and better. You are an absolute gift!

    1. I did, finally! Thank you for your help…I’m sure you’re not finished yet ? Keep me in your prayers!

  2. Catherine Robinson says:

    Absolutely amazing! A God has giving you the tools to reach every woman of all backgrounds! We all struggle with similar things. I use to beat myself up trying to be perfect only to find myself messing up more. But the reminder you gave about effort and obedience is refreshing to my spirit. Thank you so much!

    1. Yessss! I so feel you on that, “trying to be perfect but constantly messing it up”. I am so glad that God makes up the difference! We have to help one another remember to walk in the liberty that Christ died for us to have. Live free my sister!

  3. Roland Sigler, III says:

    It’s absolutely…”PERFECT”!! I am so very proud of You!! (Always have been and will be!!) This is an addition to the list of tremendous “perfects” you’ve produced since l’ve known you: All of those victorious dance competitions, College Statistics (and you really enjoyed it), Post-Secondary Education degrees, career, career moves & advances, wife-hood, MOTHERHOOD, daughter, sister, minister, counselor, friend and that’s just to list a few! As a Spiritual-Father, upon reading your blog, I almost cried like I did at your Wedding. (Did I just incriminate myself!?) Did I say how proud of you I am!? Oh! Okay! ? My only advise: Just remain authentic to the “WHO of YOU” Almighty God created!! He’s the one who’s tying His Thoughts of YOU All Together THROUGH YOU!!

    YEAH Little Wanda!!????????

    1. Thank you G-Diddy! I surely appreciate all that you are and the support and covering you’ve given me. I’m so grateful to have you in my life…I just can’t say it enough.

  4. Tracy Harris says:

    Yay! I am very proud of you and inspired by you! I look forward to the many “nuggets” that will come through this. ❤️?

    1. Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to visit. I pray you will continue to receive nuggets of wisdom and inspiration.

  5. The Village says:

    My sister, my village, my friend I am so proud of you. God gave you a call and you said yes!

    1. Thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. I pray you continue to be blessed!

  6. Rayshonda Farria says:

    This makes me so excited and BLESSES MY SOCKS OFF all at the same time. I’m so proud of you and anticipate what’s to come?.
    Always my sister, always my friend?
    Shonda Trenice

    1. Thank you sis! I am so grateful to hear you were blessed. I also look forward to what the Lord will do! Love you!

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