Think, pray, do

September 1st, 2016

There is a famous phrase in AFL football, “Don’t think, do”. It was part of a stiring speech to inspire the Hawthorn team to make one last big effort in an important game. History reports it worked.

As I have reflected on this speech and its message I can’t help but think while it is good for the sporting field, there needs to be more to it for the Christian life.

For us as Christians we need to think about things that are noble and pure (Philippians 4:8), we need to think of ways to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24), and we need to think about ways to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:16).

More than just thinking though, we need to pray. As Christians we are connected to an awesome holy God. He is all powerful and all knowing. We need to pray and seek His wisdom, strength and direction. Then our thoughts will have an eternal perspective to them.

Once we have thought and prayed, we need to do. History does not record the names of the people who had good ideas, it records the names of people who prayed and did.

Think of the great heroes of faith from the last few hundred years that we talk about – CH Spurgeon, John Wesley, CS Lewis And Billy Graham. They were deep thinkers, who prayed and did.

We admire these people because of their lives, the way they lived and the things they did. They are the people who inspire us to greater things. They inspire us to be all we can be for Christ.

There are also many Christians who we do not know their names, but we know their works. People who started aid agenices, set up orphanages, built hospitals in third world countries and missionaries who opened up countries. Their legacy is what they did.

Today I would encourage you not to just do, but to think, pray and do. Your life could be one that people talk about in years to come. You can become other peoples hero of faith that inspires them to greater things.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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