Decide to try

I watched one of my favorite movies yesterday afternoon. I watched “Dave” with Kevin Kline. If you don’t know the movie, it’s about a guy who doubles for the President of the United States when the president has a stroke. He’s supposed to just fill in for a while and lay low and not draw attention to himself, but Dave is very much a people person, and he cares too much to “lay low.” My favorite line from the movie is, “You don’t really know how much you can do until you stand up and decide to try.”

Wow! What a line. “You don’t really know how much you can do until you stand up and decide to try.” This is a common sense sort of phrase that makes obvious sense to anyone and everyone, but it’s something we don’t practice on an everyday basis. We have days when we get things done, and work hard, and work long, and we strive to be at our creative peaks, but then as a reward many of us take the next day (or ten) off and go back to doing the bare minimum. I know I’m like that. If I “decided to try” every day, more people would have known the name “Mark Inglis” by now. And if true Christians all over the world had decided to try to be more like Jesus, we wouldn’t have nearly as many problems out there.

I guess what I’m saying is we’ve all got it in us to do more than we think. We’ve all got it in us to be better spiritually, mentally, and physically than we have in the past, we just have to decide to try and then make that desire to try a daily habit. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “the law of nature is do the thing and you shall have the power.” Nike shortened this to “Just do it.”, but it’s all the same idea. The hardest step is the first. Deciding to better yourself, (for more than just a day), takes courage and faith, but luckily as Christians, we have plenty of great examples to encourage faith and courage. Don’t let the fears of 2020 slow you down. Decide to try. Thank you for reading my 33rd blog.

Mark Inglis

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