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Just Do It!

Just Do It!

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by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
October 1, 2020

Remember attending sporting events before the pandemic? I loved going to games with my parents when I was younger, as I knew there would be sodas, garlic fries, peanuts, and pink popcorn to consume. Whether it was football, baseball, basketball, hockey, or a soccer game did not matter to me. I could grin and be happy knowing I would have some, if not all, of these snacks.

As I matured, it became less about the snacks and more about quality family time, not to mention the day’s sport. I always got a kick out of my fellow spectators shouting to the players as if they knew them personally. They offered opinions and advice about playing a better game or commented on why their game was off or how they should alter their behavior to be better.

I giggle today as I recall this and contemplate how easy it is to offer opinions and judgments about playing the game when one is not actually in the game itself. On my left, Jim shouts at the referee about the unfair penalty. Sally, on my right, hollers at the batter for swinging when it was a terrible pitch. Jim and Sally are in the bleachers, not in the game.

Many people sit in the bleachers of their lives, complaining, upset, talking about how it should or should not be, but not actually in the game of their life. Isn’t it time to get out of the bleachers and into the game of your life? Sometimes you’ve got to get out there and go for it. Flex your faith muscle and get out on the court into the game. 

Your days of being a spectator in the bleachers shouting out opinions are numbered. When you are in the bleachers of your life, you are experiencing your thoughts, opinions, and judgments about it, rather than life itself. 

Dr. Ernest Holmes, New Thought writer, teacher, and founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, observed that “faith is a mental attitude which is so convinced of its own idea – which so completely accepts it – that any contradiction is unthinkable and impossible.” If that is true, then the time is now to accept your magnificence, believe that you cannot fail, and feel the faith flowing through you. Let this faith inspire you into action. Take action.

When you flex your faith muscle, you are unstoppable. It is the faith of God that gives you an advantage in life that not everyone has. I call it your God-vantage. Use it. Practice it. Try this at home.

Now is the time to go out and live your life fully. Begin today – right where you are – just do it! Go for the gusto. Make that phone call, ask that person out, start something or stop something, go to the gym, do not eat that cupcake, or whatever it is for you, just do it! Your life is waiting!

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

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