Don't Think, Just Do!

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Often in leadership we think we need to have all of the answers. However, there are occasions when the mantra of Salkehatchie applies: “DON’T THINK, JUST DO!”

Each year at Salkehatchie Summer Service, we have folks that come and go, but many who return. Some have been coming for more than 25 years.  This past summer we had an adult on our team who had never done this type of mission work before. For her, mission worked usually involved Vacation Bible School. She had never seen a Sawzall or similar in use before.  She would come to me or my co-site leader and ask us silly details like, “What color will we paint the house Friday? (It was Monday)” or “What would you like me and the boys (or two 14 year olds) to do after lunch?” (It was 9 am). 

Finally, I pulled her aside and said “Everyone who comes to Salkehatchie has to learn what I am about to share with you. I had a site leader share it with me and now I am going to share it with you. It’s the secret to your whole week being successful. Are you ready?” She leaned forward with this huge look of anticipation and said “Yes!”  I responded firmly and directly “DON”T THINK, JUST DO.”  It sounds a little harsh, I know, but we have one week – five days to do three months work of repairs.

We will rebuild nearly every floor, build decks, a roof, replace doors, carpet, and appliances while working with 14 year olds. My point to her, as I learned myself, is our goal is to provide the homeowner with the best living conditions we can achieve in one week without leaving anything undone. It won’t win any building awards but to the homeowner, it’s a dream come true.

Often in leadership we think we need to have all of the answers. However, there are occasions when the mantra of Salkehatchie applies, “DON’T THINK, JUST DO!”


Written by Tommy Moore

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