What Happens When You Promise God You’ll Do ‘Anything’

How a book changed our whole life

What Happens When You Promise God “Anything”

Another year, another birthday. 47 of them so far.

But this year is pretty different.

A new state. 

A new job.

An apartment instead of a house, for the first time since college.

A new office, not run by my wife Lisa, who’s been working at my side every day for a decade. 

Lots of change, none of which was even in our worldview the last time I blew out the candles while people sang Happy Birthday.

And it’s all Lisa’s fault. Seriously, this all started because of a Bible study. 

We’d figured out that we needed a new long-term plan. Since ObamaCare, it’s become obvious that the government intends to make it impossible for doctors to be in solo or small group practices. Just like Netflix made it impossible for your neighborhood video store to afford to stay in business, government regulation is making it unaffordable for small clinics to survive. 

And so, even though our practice was busy and successful and even growing, we both knew that we couldn’t work 100 hours a week forever, and that our lives were way out of balance.

And we knew God wanted more from us than to work ourselves into old age too early.

Then, Lisa discovered a book, Anything: The prayer that unlocked my God and my soul by Jennie Allen.

Please read it. We read it, prayed through it, and tried to see what God had to say to us through it.

We realized what was wrong: we were working too much, listening too little, too busy to hear that God was telling us to slow down, pay attention, find balance, seek Him first. 

And so we prayed, “God, we want to serve you, have our lives be about you. We’ll do anything you want. Anything.”

And then we waited for God to answer.

Boy, did He.

We felt like Abraham, when God said, “Go,” but didn’t say where. Abraham made the decision that he would obey, and he started walking. 

That’s what we did. We told God yes. We said we’d do anything to please Him, live for Him, serve Him. 

Anything. 

I sent one email, “I’d be willing to move for the right opportunity.”

A year later, here we are. A new place, a new beginning, balance. 

New opportunities to minister, be ministered to, to serve and grow and help and learn.

A promised land for us, a place where we’re set free from the prison of working harder to work harder, delivered from a never ending self-employed opportunity to spend all our waking hours trying to find more time to do even more.

All because we said we’d do anything for Him.

When you feel like you don’t know what your life’s about, where you’re headed, why you’re working harder and finding less peace, maybe it’s time for you to start saying, “I’ll do anything you want God. Anything.”

Get the book, do the study.

Tell God you’ll do anything. Maybe He won’t move you two thousand miles. Maybe He will.

But I promise, if you ask Him, tell Him you’ll do anything, He’ll answer you.

He always does.

Start asking Him.

We did, and on this birthday I’m in a new place, with a new life, a new start. 

It can happen for you, if you start today.

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I'm Dr. Lee Warren. I'm a writer and a neurosurgeon.

I help smart people understand how they're wired, so they can become healthier, feel better, and be happier.

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