Beth Armstrong

Christian wife, mom, & author. Doing life with my eyes fixed on Jesus. I walk, I stumble, I fall. But God is big. And this is what I write about… Thanks for stopping by!

GO, [INSERT NAME]. GO!

Do you remember the book by P.D. Eastman called Go, Dog. Go!? It was one of my favorites as a kid. Loved the illustrations. It’s actually a bizarre little story with all kinds of random tangents here and there. On almost every page, however, the dogs are doing something, going somewhere, or engaged in some kind of activity. My favorite scene comes on pages 50-51 when morning arrives and one dog is holding a megaphone shouting to the scads of dogs who are jumping out of the same bed, “Get up! It is day. Time to get going. Go, dogs, go!”

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

If only there were a dog holding a megaphone at the foot of my bed shouting this at me morning after morning. 🙂

I’m not sure who first coined the phrase, “Don’t just stand there, do something!” We hear it occasionally in movies or TV shows when something chaotic is happening. I think the irony of our lives, however, is that in the midst of our own messes of life, we’ve gotten really good at the opposite of that statement, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” But the longer we stand there, the less we get done. The more time we waste, the more we ourselves waste away. Another day gone is one more day of a phone call not made, a letter not written, a thank you unspoken, a project incomplete, a goal unmet, a dream not realized, etc. (I’m saying this as much to motivate me as I am to motivate you.) 

Maybe we look at the word “GO” as optional. Maybe that’s the heart of our problem. What if we began embracing the word “GO” as a command, a charge, an exhortation, a mandate, as our mantra for the day? “Go, dog. Go!” (Yes…I know…you’re not a dog. So change it to “Go [Insert Name]. Go!”)

If we consider the bible here, we see the word “GO” several times. But it wasn’t spoken in terms of an option. It was a command:

  • God told Moses to GO to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10).
  • God told Jonah to GO to Ninevah and preach against it (Jonah 1:1-2).
  • Jesus told the 12 disciples to GO to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 10:6-8).
  • Jesus told us all to GO make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

I’m pretty sure God is a God of action, not idleness. I’m pretty sure He calls (and thankfully equips) us to go, and do, and accomplish, and create, and bless, and forgive, and love, and share, and pray, and connect, and reach out, and work, and strive, and serve, and …

So, pull up your bootstraps, get motivated, get inspired, get something done, meet the goal, make the deadline, don’t just stand there, do something! Embrace the word “GO” in your world. Change your perspective from “GO” being an option for you to consider to a command you are to carry out. Get up! It is day. Time to get going.

Go, Dog. Go! Go, brother. Go! Go, sister. Go! Go, friend. Go!

GO, [insert name]. GO!

What one thing do you need to accomplish this week? And how will you insure your success? (Please feel free to share your comments…)

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