Five Minute Friday: Try

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “try.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  That quote is what first comes to mind when I see this word.  But what about when it is time to stop and re-evaluate?

After all, that quote has spawned numerous counter quotes, like this one from W.C. Fields, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it,” or this one from William Lyon Phelps, “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”

As a Christian, I think the word, “try” is closely tied in with the word, “trust.”  For example, as we “try, try again” we should ask ourselves if this trying is being done under our own strength or if it is based on prayerful leading from the Holy Spirit?  There is no one size fits all answer to this and I believe we need to look at each situation on a case by case basis.

Another Christian cliché is that if something doesn’t work out then “God has closed that door.”  But is that always the case?  Sometimes we do need to keep trying if we are trusting that God is leading us in that direction.  But sometimes we don’t need to keep trying because it is a case of charging on ahead under our own strength and expecting God to bless our efforts after the fact.

Therefore, if we are going to keep trying then we need to make sure we are trusting that we are following God’s leading in it all and not our own.  Sometimes He might be telling us to stop, sometimes He may tell us to wait, but sometimes He does tell us to “try, try again.”  But how do we tell the difference?

I love how this question is answered in the following section from Proverbs 3:5-12 in The Message,

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.”

So, if you are going to keep TRYING then make sure you are also TRUSTING!


3 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Try

  1. thegoodnewshq

    When I was going to school for my Bible degree, I took Greek class. In that class, I learned the short phrase, “πειθω θεον” or “I trust [in] God.” That specific phrase is only used once in the New Testament, but despite that you can find that theme all throughout Jesus’s ministry and his suffering on the cross. You know he put so much faith in His Father that there is no doubt in my own mind that He knew that He trusted in the One who rules all!

    Glad you made this connection between trying and trusting. It is needed 🙂 I appreciate it a lot!

  2. E. Adams Wright

    BethanyH, I appreciate the wise perspective you shared in your post. Thank you for including The Message translation of Proverbs 3:5-12; it was helpful to read these familiar verses in a new way. Visiting from FMF.

  3. Tara

    Yes….trying and trusting….I think that’s such a great connection. And so much THIS: “Therefore, if we are going to keep trying then we need to make sure we are trusting that we are following God’s leading in it all and not our own.” We must listen to the calling of the Holy Spirit. I’m in the 5 spot this week.


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