In Spite of… Just Do It
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "yes!"
Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s words from The Invitation, reminded me of those moments when I did not achieve the goal, missed the mark, or just fail to launch. When I was a young sergeant in the Air Force, about the eighth year of my service, I decided I wanted to be a commissioned officer. Me and few of my friends had just received our undergraduate degrees. We marched proudly down to the education office to start the process. I was not selected the first time around. I applied twice more, still I was not selected. In the end, only one member of our little group was selected. I took it the hardest. I cried for a week and was very frustrated for a while after that. I had a good military record and outstanding grades in college. Why did I not get selected? I talked with my pastor at the time and he reminded of what Paul said in one of his letters to the Roman Christians. “All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord and are call according to His purpose.”
As I look back over some of my life lessons; it truly was for my good. The graduation day, applying for my commission, the anticipation of being selected, and the three rejections were all working for my good! When you are in the moment, it is hard to understand the purpose behind it all. I was not fully prepared for what God truly had planned for me. It was not time yet. I am grateful for the growth and self-awareness during this period of my life. Perhaps there are some ”no’s” in our lives that are actually going to be used greatly if we just faithfully do what lies ahead of us instead of worrying about why we did not get what we wanted. And yes, it is hard to pick back up and start “it” all over again. Over the next eight years after that, I was given many incredible opportunities to lead and be groomed by some of the finest enlisted and commissioned officers across the armed forces. Little did I realize, God was preparing me to serve as a Military Training Instructor (MTI). This was the most honorable assignment of my career. I was being prepared to touch young lives in ways I could have never imagined!
When it feels like you do not have the strength to try again, I say; just do it! God will take care of the details of your destiny while you do your part of being obedient to the small still voice. Stop worrying over the details of which you have no control. Stop neglecting specific areas such as attitudes, relationships, and responsibilities that are under your control and just do “it”. Concentrate on what has been given to you to do and leave the rest to Him.
It took a while, but I was learning how to fail and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "yes!"
Inspired by the story of Noah in the Genesis