Just Show Up

I met a dear friend at a writer’s conference a few years back. She was a free spirit and such an inspiration to my very locked down spirit. I was envious of her ability to just relax and enjoy. She made public speaking look so easy and effortless. She was a natural. 

As I toiled and prayed and worried and over-prepared for my presentation, Angie kept saying, “I’m just showin’ up!” And she did. She knocked it out of the park and even enjoyed her time on the stage.

Me? I did it, but there was no enjoyment on my part. I fretted my way through. Thankfully, God worked in both situations for a great outcome, but I would much rather have enjoyed the experience as Angie did. 

“Just show up.”

Such great advice! 

If you’re like me, you suffer from the need to plan and maybe even over plan. No matter what it is, you toil over it and research it, and fret to death every detail. And you’re so busy trying to control everything that you don’t enjoy what God is inviting you to do through Him. 

So let’s do it.

Let’s surrender our agendas…let go of the angst…be still and listen for God’s voice and just SHOW UP! 

Who knows, maybe we’ll even enjoy it. 


“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10



Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org, and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell, and Ruth Schwenk. Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.

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