There is No Try

This is a revisiting of the idea of reframing–challenging the self-defeating strategy of “trying” to pursue a worthy goal, and actually “training” to do it.

Ruth E. Stitt

If you are a Star Wars fan, you’ll recognize this title as part of Yoda’s famous proverb: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” I’m borrowing this from Yoda and applying it to how Scripture comes to life when we are faced with the hard things.

One of my avenues for ministry for many years has been my work as a Licensed Professional Counselor. In the initial stages of therapy, it is essential to help clients to identify, define, and refine their goals in life and use those goals to inform the goals for therapy. Much is revealed in the process about the client’s worldview, values, history, and temperament. If we skip over this important step, both client and therapist may wind up frustrated or unsatisfied, because neither of us is clear about where we are headed. We may have to readjust the coordinates later, but it’s…

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