I Think Therefore I Do Not

At the beginning of the year, by the time resolutions were already being broken, I preached about something that was bothering me. I felt like . . . so many people (myself included) were spending too much time talking about and thinking about the things we needed to do or wanted to do, but we weren’t actually doing them. There’s a saying, “When all is said and done, there’s a lot more said than done.” How about another Bruce Lee quote? “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” Buffett shares the acronym: KISS (“Keep it Simple, Stupid). What did Jesus say? “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” In the Bible, when people move in faith (not blindly), things happen. The problems arise when they start to question God’s wisdom on a thing.

First Words

What can you say in so few words? Maybe that’s the problem. We feel we have so much to say, when in reality, we really only need the bare essentials. Bruce Lee once said, “It’s not the daily increase, but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” Get rid of the fluff. Anything that doesn’t benefit, or doesn’t serve a purpose, should be eliminated. Those folks at Twitter have it figured out. If we can’t say what we need to say in a limited number of words, then maybe we need to fine-tune our thoughts. Economy of words. In fact, maybe we need that time to filter our thoughts. Didn’t James say we should be “slow to speak” (James 1:19)? John the Baptist also said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Make every word count for His glory.