Try

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it. ” 

Amelia Earhart

“Git ‘er Done”

Anybody that knows me knows I am not the one left sitting when there is work to be done.  If there is a job that needs doing, a task left unfinished, a mess that needs cleaning, or a loose end that needs to be tied up- I’m your girl.  I am not sure why that is. It’s just the way I am. I could say I was born that way,  or maybe it’s a  learned behavior. Either way- I have this inner motivation to ‘git ‘er done.’

I have to admit, I am also a little OCD. Now, I know this is a serious condition that some people are stricken with and I don’t mean to make light of their struggles, but  it drives me nuts when things are out of place and unorganized, or pictures hung on wall are ever slightly tilted. No matter how I try to hold back and relax while someone else clears the table or to sit and  ignore a stack of unwashed dishes, I just can’t. Maybe it is my inner obsession or maybe it is that as a kid, I observed the adults in my life doing what needed to be done. My parents and grand parents were hard working, middle class people. They lived through tough times and earned a good living by rolling up their sleeves and getting busy. 

I have this need to be busy; to have a project or task to be working on. Sometimes the job that needs to be done is an unfamiliar one. Sometimes a project presents itself that requires a special skill,  or appears as an unsolvable problem that others may shy away from. Not me.   These situations? 

A CHALLENGE!!! 

I will figure it out- somehow. 

I admit I have backed down from a few ‘mountainous obstacles’ and have had a good share of epic fails, but most were not life threatening. I have made a few really ugly birthday cakes that started out with great ideas, and have had to call in a ‘professional’ to fix my mess now and then, but overall I would say I have happily checked the ‘done well’ box for the most part.  

Because of my bull-headed personality to not back down from a challenge I have discovered some hidden talents and learned some pretty handy skills. I can hang sheet rock and mud a joint. I can read a blueprint and build a wall. I can re-upholster a chair, and arrange flowers in a vase. I can alter your wedding gown and use  power tools.

I can’t decorate a pretty birthday cake. 

So, besides being stubborn and accepting a challenge, what is it that has caused me to be able to do these things?  Courage?  Lack of common sense?  Determination and fortitude?  Ignoring Murphy’s law?  Maybe all of the above, but the one thing I am sure of is that I would have never learned or accomplished anything in my life if I had not have tried.  I tried because that is what I saw  the grown ups do when I was young. They just did what needed to be done. 

I am a ‘git ‘er done’ girl because I am willing to try.  I think that is all we can do, really, in our whole life. Just try.  When we are asked to step into something that we don’t feel equipped to do,  or when the task placed before us seems mountainous, or the job is over our head, perhaps all we need to do is be brave enough to say “I’ll try.” 

Do I think that we are born with certain skills and talents? Yes. Do I think we are born with certain personality traits that define who we are? Yes. Do I think that we learn behaviors from those who mentor us as children? Yes. Do I believe that we are all gifted by God for a purpose on earth? Yes.   Do I think it is our responsibility to live out this purpose using our inborn traits, and talents, our learned behaviors and skills? Yes   

How do we do that?

We try. 

                                Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

5 thoughts on “Try

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