There’s a life lesson in Nike’s motto | Columnists


Diane and I attend Plymouth First United Methodist Church. Last Sunday, as part of his “little talk with Pastor Lauren,” Pastor Lauren showed the children a symbol. Immediately, they all identified it as the Nike symbol. They all knew Nike’s motto “Just Do It”. It’s been his motto since my kids wore their shoes.

Nike suggests that instead of talking about sports, training, running or other forms of exercise, we just do them. And if you do, you’ll need Nike gear. For a healthy life, exercise is important, especially on a regular basis. Unfortunately, people talk a lot about the need to exercise, but never seem to get around to doing it. There’s always a reason to put it off.

Exodus 3:1-4:17 is the story of Moses’ call. When Moses meets the Lord in the middle of a burning bush, the Lord calls Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. In response, Moses continues to find excuses. “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? (Exodus 3:11)” “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ And they ask me, ‘What’s his name?’ So what should I tell them? (Exodus 3:13) “What if they don’t believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you’?” (Exodus 4:1) “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you spoke to your servant. I am slow in speech and tongue (Exodus 4:10) “O Lord , send someone else to do it (Exodus 4:13).

The Lord responds to each of Moses’ excuses. At the first, God tells Moses that he will be with him. On the second, God told Moses to tell the people “I am” that he sent him. At the third, God gives him a stick which becomes a serpent when he is thrown to the ground. On the fourth, God tells him that he will help Moses speak. And on the fifth, God says his brother Aaron can help. Reading this passage, I always wondered why the Lord didn’t say to Moses, “Stop making excuses, just do what I ask of you?”

There is an old saying that our actions speak louder than our words. The Book of James says so. “Don’t just listen to the word and deceive yourself like that. Do what he says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:22) so faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). I John tells us “Dear children, let us not love with words or with the tongue. , but with deeds and in truth” (I John 3:18). There is something to be said for exercising due diligence in deciding what action to take. to stop analyzing and planning, and do something. Very often we have to make the decision to fish or cut the bait.

The kids who showed up for “Small Talk with Pastor Lauren” last Sunday, flaunted by their response to Pastor Lauren’s question, learned an important life lesson. There are times in our life when we need to stop talking and do something. While Nike’s goal is to sell their products, in their marketing they teach us all an essential life lesson.

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