Just do it

Yes, Nike made that phrase popular in 1988 – long enough ago that some will not remember. Others will be so burned out on hearing it that the meaning is lost.

But James said in his letter, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (That’s chapter 4 verse 17.)

How often to do we hear something and think, “I should do that!” With the amount of information hitting us every day, I’d guess that it might be at least five times!

Last Sunday, our pastor spoke about bridging the gap in lost relationships. One of the verses he mentioned was Romans 12:18: Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. He challenged us to think about reaching out to one person who we had lost a relationship with. I immediately thought of one old friend. By the end of the day, we had connected on Facebook.

I don’t share that little story to have you think, “Oh, Paul is so good!” Because I’m not. Following through on a prompting in my heart is more rare than I’d like. I think God gave me the thought of bridging that gap. And I’m glad my friend was receptive to being connected again.

Tomorrow you will read a blog post that will make you think, “I should do that!”


Pick up your phone and make the call. Send that email. Like that person on Facebook.

Remember that it may not be easy, though! During that sermon, my wife thought of someone who is a can of worms for us. We have had such challenges knowing how to help that we’ve almost completely backed off. So we’re praying about how God will change us in that situation. I have no idea.

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)

3 thoughts on “Just do it

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  2. Parke

    Good words, friend. I’ve often said to my friends and myself that if we’re supposed to love our enemies (which few of us really have) that loving most others who are far less than our enemy is also certainly included.


  3. Joseph Ruiz

    Paul, this was an ideal word for me today. This is one (of many) areas where I really struggle. At times I feel like i could be a professional procrastinator, and I would be more proficient if i didn’t keep putting it off.

    God has really been dealing with me and he spoke once more through your voice. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the weekend.
    Grace & Peace


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