It Is What You Make of It

I hate the phrase “It is what it is” because it doesn’t put me in the position to be humble about what I want to change in the world.


I’ve become a huge fan of the 10 Minute Bible Talks by @thecrossingcomo – this episode in particular with Justin McRoberts really spoke to me in that it’s ok if we take responsibility to make things better with our actions. “It is what it is” is a statement of defeat. It almost sounds to me like “there’s nothing that can be done, why even try?”

I don’t like to ascribe things to the devil lightly. Sometimes people claim to be under attack and I’m like “maybe let’s figure out why you keep making terrible life choices?” But I do believe a lie that’s common to us is the one that says “there’s really not much that can be done, it is what it is.” Sometimes there’s freedom in relinquishing control, but I’d venture to say that there are plenty of times where action is required. There’s humility to act because with any action comes the possibility of failure. Failure, in my mind, isn’t the worst outcome though. The worst outcome is being too scared to take any action at all.

NOTE: I feel like I need to post these things with A LOT of context because it’s really easy to misconstrue what the intent is. I don’t believe this is advice that is applicable to everyone in every situation for always and forever. If it works for you – take it and run with it. 

By Paul Mignard

Illustrator and Sketchnoter. I prefer pizza over tacos. I like to draw things without fur much more than things with fur. When presented with two choices I pick the one that's less complicated.