Do What You Know To Do!
Recently, one of my dear friends called me in a panicked state of mind. She had been working several hours on a big project which included interviews with international missionaries and hours of research along with thirty pages of intricate details of Christian worship in a muslim culture. Everything had to be timed just right and the presentation was a few hours away. She was so close to completion, yet several details remained incomplete. Needless to say, my friend was feeling the pressure! "Do what you know to do" was my best advice to her. Over the years we had developed a secret code, “Do what you know to do” which translates to: Commit! Pray! Persevere! 1-Commit: Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Proverbs 16:3 (NIV). Inhale. Exhale. Give it all back to Him. Give everything you are doing to Him and He will make the plans prosper which leads to the next step. 2-Pray for peace: His peace is a promise for us, but there’s preparation that has to occur. Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” His peace calms the anxieties that force us to meltdown mode. Prayer and petition with thanksgiving? From my own experience I can confirm that melting down only creates more chaos, but implementing these three things will set your heart and mind free. Mental clarity is precisely what we need to execute details. Clarity comes when we call on Him and His peace is present. 3-Perseverance: “press on” has become our “go to” phrase. Giving up is simply not an option so we must persevere. As I exhale the word “persevere”, I immediately begin to think on the last moments in Jesus’ life that bought our salvation. In His journey to the cross, He pressed on when He could have given up. Jesus is our supreme example of perseverance. As I reflect on Him, I am renewed from the momentary chaos and encouraged to press on! My friend completed her project on schedule and received raving reviews along with a promotion! However, she is quick to attribute her success to God and the process or our "secret code".