Book Review: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
Stop looking for a sign from God and Just Do Something
“God has a plan for your life”.
So when is he going to let me in on it? When is he going to tell me which decisions I need to make, to end up where he wants me? I don’t care if he uses visions, dreams or skywriting, I want God to tell me what to do. Otherwise I’ll end up doing the wrong thing and seriously ruin God’s plan for my life. I just don’t know what to do.
Ever feel like this? Ever feel like you just don’t know what to do with your life? Well Kevin DeYoung wants you to stop over-thinking and stop waiting for a sign. He wants you to Just Do Something.
DeYoung challenges readers to put aside their indecision and actually make decisions. He puts forward that waiting for signs or direction from God is causing problems for many Christians. They have a mindset that if they make the wrong decision, God’s plans will be dashed into little bitty pieces (i.e. they think their wrong decisions are more powerful than the sovereign ruler of the universe). So they wait for God to tell them what to do. DeYoung calls out this attitude and tells the reader, lovingly, to knock it off.
This book encourages the reader, when faced with two or more decisions that are all godly and consistent with Biblical teaching, to use our God given wisdom and pick one. If we eliminate the ungodly and unwise decisions from selection, what’s left is open game. God is ultimately in charge of all things and will use your decision to further his purposes. It’s not possible to road-block God’s plans with a bad decision.
Just Do Something is a great book. It builds on Payne and Jensen’s classic Guidance and the Voice of God, pushing the reader to make decisions. It is thoroughly based in the Bible, but doesn’t offer overly easy solutions. It encourages the reader to grow in godly wisdom, which is a beautiful thing.
This is an important read for anyone faced with big decisions, especially for those trying to work out what to do after school or uni or for those considering marriage. I wish I had read this book ten years ago. Highly recommended.