“A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb

As I sit here staring at my computer screen, a day after my first blog post was due, I think to myself, “Andy, why did you wait so long?” I knew about my deadline two weeks ago. I should have hopped on my computer and started to write, but I didn’t. I waited. What was I waiting for? I don’t know. Maybe I thought a great idea or an incredible new insight would just jump to my mind and the words would flow easily. They didn’t. Maybe I convinced myself that I had plenty of time to get this done and that I would just do it later. The time came and went. Maybe I thought that this blog entry would just magically happen by osmosis. It didn’t. Sometimes I have to be reminded of the simple slogan of the mighty shoe brand Nike, “Just do it.”

Every four years, for two solid weeks, the world is consumed with the Olympics. It’s really interesting, because at no other time does the world care about such random sports. Handball? Synchronized swimming? Dressage (look it up)? Racewalking? Trampoline? Man, I would love to get an Olympic medal by jumping on a trampoline!

Even though we don’t fully understand all the sports that make up the Olympics, there is no denying how inspirational some of the athletes are. Out of the 6.5 billion people in the world, there is nobody better at their sport than those who win gold medals. They are the greatest. It’s one of the reasons why I love to watch them compete. At some point in their lives they decided to push themselves to the Olympic level, and they did it. They must have at some point in their life said to themselves, “Just do it.” If you want to be a champion, “Just do it.” If you want to be the fastest racewalker in the world, “Just do it.” 

The apostle Paul also knew something about the Olympic games as he wrote his first letter to the church in Corinth,

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you ever feel like you’re running aimlessly through life? Like a boxer that’s just beating the air? Do you ever say, “I’ll read my Bible tomorrow” or “I’ll pray more tomorrow”? Do you ever think to yourself, “I’ll start serving in ministry next week, or next month, or next year?” What’s holding you back? Just do it.

Or are you running in such a way as to get the prize? If you are running with the Lord, keep up the good work! If you want to walk closer to God, “Just do it” and remember that a thousand mile journey starts with a single step. Doing something more today than you did yesterday is a step in the right direction. Your church is here for you, to cheer you on! Your pastors are here for you, to equip you. Jesus is here for you, to run along side of you.

Just do it.