“Go and Do” Is Closer Than You Think!

Blogger’s Note: Today I have the great privilege to welcome Laura Gibson, my friend and former co-worker, into these pages. Laura now serves as a board member of G.R.O.W. and she just finished reading the book Go and Do (remember, the one that if you buy on Amazon you will be helping G.R.O.W.?). Well, here are her reflections, please give a listen:

Go and Do is a book about one young man’s journey in life through the lens of his Christian faith. Jay Milbrandt seemed to come from a typical middle-class family that afforded him the opportunity to go to college and then on to law school. But Jay, like many of us who have lives of relative privilege, felt bored and less than purposeful pursuing the typical American lawyer life.

So, through the work of the Spirit in him, a sermon about life’s deserts, and Jay’s own choice to risk the possibility of hurting his career, he set out to go and do. Jay’s go and do trip led him to  spend a summer interning in Thailand to help combat human trafficking and his life has never been the same.  In going and doing , taking the biggest risk of his life, he felt more alive than he ever had and more in the center of God’s will than ever before. He continues to live this lifestyle and remains alive and purpose-filled in it.

In reading this book, I resonated with Jay. From as young as I can remember, I have always felt the urge to go and do, specifically for orphans. I did this in college, spending six months in Cambodia, helping AIDS orphans.  The experience wrecked and re-ordered my life priorities in good and bad ways. But God was in it all.

If you are bored with your life, if you hope that Christianity has to be more than church on Sundays and daily personal devos, this book is for you. God will change you in the midst of it, in ways you hope for and possibly ways you don’t. If you go and do, you will be different when you come back. You won’t fit into “normal life” the way you used to. You have to be ready to risk and truly believe that the only life you need to fit into is the one God calls you to.

One caveat, Jay talks of going to far away places like Thailand, Uganda, and Rwanda. This is great and if this is where your heart is, pray for funds to go and live frugally so you can. But you can go and do in the exact place you live right now. There are children and adults who are abused, parentless, and homeless in every town in America. You can go and do to the least of these right where you are or across an ocean. One might lead to the other. Just don’t limit yourself and don’t limit God. One appears more glamorous, but they are of equal value in the eyes of God. Be in the Word and in prayer so you can determine where God might be leading you.

And then: DON’T THINK TOO MUCH. Just go and do. And see where God takes you.

Laura Gibson