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graphic: Martha G. Brady

graphic: Martha G. Brady

Not long ago I was challenged regarding the use of the word “try.”

I always thought of it as something positive when someone said

They would try to do something, like changing a habit.


But I realized that trying to do something

Doesn’t get it done anymore effectively than actually doing it!

I realized that trying to do something doesn't get it done anymore effectively than actually doing it! Share on X

The challenge I was given was to think about

How I use the word.


Do I use it as a way to delay confrontation?

Or postpone saying, “No, that is a change I don’t want to make.

I won’t do it.”


But instead I say, “I’ll try to do it.”

When I have no real plan to try it at all!

I don’t want to do it.

I know it will be difficult at best!


I may give it a half-hearted attempt,

But for the most part I don’t want to do it.

I don’t plan to do it.

Apart from GOD’s intervention, I will not do it!          stop


So, the next time I hear the word “try” come off my lips…

I will need to discern.

Am I tossing it in as a caveat to remove responsibility from myself.

Or to take pressure off myself to keep from changing?


Then “try” is a word I shouldn’t use.

A way to discern your use of try is whether you have made a plan for step one of change…more than simply to pray about it.


I certainly don’t minimize the power of prayer in any sense. But I have also seen the term “I’ll pray about it” used in the same way as “I’ll try” is used.

If it is obvious change is needed, for example, a broken relationship, steps toward repairing it need to be taken. Prayer goes hand in hand for sure, but action steps need to be taken. Some of them involve my humbling myself. For more concrete help, go here.




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