For many of our daily activities, we can be successful by simply doing two things:
- Showing up (“going”)
- Participating (“doing”)
It sounds simple enough, but how easy is it to avoid attending the activity, going where the action is? And even when we do make it there, how easy is it to be passive and disengaged, not fully present?
When Lehi gave his son Nephi a dangerous assignment, he had already discussed this assignment with Nephi’s older brothers. They had reacted badly, murmuring and saying it was a “hard thing” (1 Nephi 3:5). But Lehi assured Nephi that the assignment was from the Lord and that the Lord would bless him as he fulfilled it without murmuring. Nephi’s responded with unflinching commitment and with an expression of faith in God:
I go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no unto the children of men, save he shall a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them (1 Nephi 3:7).
Nephi followed through on his commitment. He traveled with his brothers to Jerusalem. Once there, he maintained his focus, generating new ideas when they encountered roadblocks and pushing forward when his brothers wanted to give up (1 Nephi 3:15, 1 Nephi 4:1-3).
TodayI will “go and do.” I will be where I need to be throughout the day: in a critical meeting, with my employees, or at my desk in front of the email that I’d rather not deal with. Once I am where I should be, I will engage fully in the activity, trusting that the Lord will help me achieve success.