Just Do It
by Joy Martin, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
Another New Year is upon us, which means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know where the tradition of the New Year’s resolution originated, but the timing of it makes sense to me. Although any time can be a good time to turn over a new leaf and make a change for the better, some of us need a definitive deadline. I’m one of those people.
Without deadlines, I’m lost. I have the ability to procrastinate anything to the absolute last minute (and I do mean absolute last minute). In some respects, this ability has served me well. As a newspaper reporter and magazine editor, my ability to work well under pressure was an amazing asset. But played out in the rest of my life … well, not so much. It’s less of an asset and more of a curse. Without a deadline, I could feasibly put off a task indefinitely, as my sister Stephanie has learned the hard way since we started this ministry two years ago.
During the past few months, I’ve thought a lot about this personality trait that has served me so well in the past and has been my downfall so many other times. And it’s something I want to change about myself—it’s something I need to change about myself. But it’s also something that I don’t know how to change. If you stop and think about it, I’m guessing you have something about yourself that fits into that category, too. Truth is, we all do.
Whenever I am facing a big obstacle, one of the first people I turn to is my sister. She is a constant source of support and wisdom. Believe it or not, we had a pretty deep and philosophical conversation about my procrastination. But it all boiled down to one bit of advice that I keep replaying in my head. Very matter-of-factly she said, “Joy, you just have to do it.”
Ugh! It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but it’s what I needed to hear. Because the truth is, there is no magic cure to the tough things in life. There is no serum I can take that will make me wake up tomorrow with a magical motivation to start the things on my to-do list. No, I just need to wake up tomorrow morning and do it—whether I want to or not.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” Wow! What an encouragement. God has given me the spirit to do whatever it is I need to do. He has given me a spirit of “discipline and self-control,” which is something I’ve always felt that I hopelessly lacked. But in reality, it’s in me—God has provided me with the tool to overcome my struggle. The catch is that I have to tap into it.
So this year my resolution is to Just Do It! Will you join me?