Take Courage And Just Do It

Those growing up in the 90s should remember when Nike began using the slogan, “Just Do It!” for their ad campaigns. It fostered a sense of courage and encouragement to do whatever you set your mind to. Everyone wanted a pair of Nike shoes to wear to school. It was the cool thing to do.

Did you know that in Ezra Chapter 10 the term “Just Do It” was born? At the beginning of chapter, Ezra is praying and confessing to God and a large crowd of Israelites gathers around him. They begin to weep as well. They all realize they are in the wrong, and in unity are committed then to doing what is right. In verse 4, they tell Ezra to “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it!”

Nike’s version of “Just Do It” relies solely on self. It doesn’t lean on others for support or help. It says you alone can do whatever you set your mind to. And while we all like to think that we are self-sufficient, we all know that is a lie we like to tell ourselves. We all need support.

The wonderful thing about the Bible’s version of “Just Do It” in Ezra tells us that we can do it with the support of the community of believers around us. Knowing that you have full support of Christ and your family of Christians behind you would give anyone courage. When you set your mind on doing what is right, you can feel sure and confident that Christ will support you and be behind you. How wonderful it is to have the courage to just do it!

This week’s recipe is a delicious soup that is perfect to eat while we anxiously await the arrival of spring. This recipe is a yummy vegetarian soup, but you can easily add shredded chicken or cooked ground beef if you want. I hope you enjoy this stick-to-your-ribs soup as much as my family does.

“David also said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the wok for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.’” 1 Chronicles 28:20

“But now, this is what the Lord says—He who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3