Don’t Fail to Do Something – A Thought After Reading The Hole in Our Gospel

“Don’t fail to do something, just because you can’t do everything.”

The emphasis here, I believe, isn’t on the words, “Don’t fail,” but on the words, “Do something.”⁣

⁣This phrase from the book, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, really spoke to me. I am someone who becomes easily overwhelmed—and consequently paralyzed—when I see ALL THE THINGS that could be done, or should be done, or the many different ways they could be done. ⁣

⁣I am also an information collector. When I see a problem, an opportunity, or a job that needs done, I collect all the books, all the gurus, all the opinions, all the blog posts, all the words and ideas and resources—and then I can find myself mired down in a bog of fear and perfectionism. ⁣

⁣In this case, fear says, “What if I choose the wrong path? What if I don’t know enough yet? What if I fail?” ⁣

⁣Perfectionism says, “I can’t do this unless I do it exactly right. I have to do all of it, in the very best, most perfect way, and I must do it in the way the experts tell me.” ⁣

⁣The problem is that there are too many experts. Too many options. Too many paths. ⁣

⁣So how do I get from “It’s too much” to “Do something”? ⁣

⁣I should always position myself as a learner, but there comes a point in which I must stop collecting information and simply step out and do something with it. ⁣

⁣If I am walking with the Lord and trusting him to direct my path, then I need to ask him for the faith to simply take that first step. Then the next. And the next. ⁣

⁣I can’t do everything. I’m not supposed to. When I think it’s my job to do everything, I’ve elevated myself to the position of God. When I’ve put myself in that prideful position, I’m destined to fail. ⁣

⁣But when I keep my eyes on him, allow him to work out each detail, and humbly follow him step by step, He is able to use me to accomplish his will. ⁣

⁣He isn’t asking me to do everything. (What pride!)⁣

⁣He isn’t asking me for perfection. (He’s the only one who can accomplish that.)⁣

⁣He isn’t asking me to save the world. (He already did.)⁣

⁣So what is this “something” I’m supposed to do? ⁣

⁣Trust him. ⁣

⁣Take a step. ⁣

⁣Trust him. ⁣

⁣Do whatever little thing he tells me to do next. ⁣

⁣Trust him.⁣

⁣And watch what HE does.

(By the way, I highly recommend this book! I do not agree with all of the author’s theology, but it’s a thoroughly inspiring and convicting book in which Stearns shares the story of how he came to leave his lucrative job as the CEO of a successful business to become the president of the non-profit organization, World Vision.)