Doing It Different

Each of us has our own way of doing certain things.

Some methods are better than others and some methods are plainly NOT!

Goadgetter exists to challenge our ineffective approaches to life and dare us to yield to the faith-fueled process of Doing it Different.  

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Welcome to the Goadgetter!

I’m glad you’ve chosen to stop by and have a read. Here’s hoping when you’ve come to the last word of this blog, you will join me by becoming a Goadgetter.

You may be wondering, “What the heck is a Goadgetter?”

The expression Goadgetter was coined by a cherished friend who, along with her husband patiently listened to a longwinded story I shared regarding my take away from studying a particular Bible passage.  

Grab a bottle of water and sit back as I share the story with you:

A few years ago, I was reading chapter 143 from the Book of Psalms in the Bible. I was reading from the King James Version because it maintains the original Hebrew and Greek translation…and I absolutely LOVE excavating the meaning of various words I come across.  On this particular day, I read and reread verse 10:

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

For those of you who prefer a more modern account of the passage, here’s the verse again from the New International Version:

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

The chapter is authored by a man named David, who from all accounts was not having a good day. He was overwhelmed by his circumstances and pleading with God to relieve him of his distresses. And just as I often do when I pray for something, David asked the Lord to hurry up and answer him.  In the midst of his anguish, David manages to lift his hands to God as he reflects on His handiwork and supreme accomplishments.


Then David asks God something I found interesting:

to “teach him to do His [God’s] will.” 

Of all the requests David had made during his heartfelt appeal, he requested the Creator of the universe to “teach” him something…that something being God’s will.

I want to pause for a moment.  My youngest daughter is 10-years old.  I wish she would come to me and say, “Mommy, I love you.  Teach me to do ‘your’ will!”

Wait. What?

While I’m highly doubtful I’m going to experience such an exchange, it’s certainly wishful to think it might happen.

But fancy that. A CHILD asking a PARENT, DAVID asking the FATHER GOD, or better yet, the CREATED asking the CREATOR to teach him or her to actually do—accomplish and practice His desires and His choices.

As David’s request resonated with me as one who follows Christ (on most days), I sought further to know what was meant by the word “teach.” The surprising insight forever changed the way I regard being taught something.  

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While I know the Bible was written in Classical Hebrew and Greek languages, I didn’t know much about the languages.  According to scholars, the Hebrew language revolved around the arduous living of farmers and shepherds in uncultivated and desert regions from many centuries ago.

The Hebrew word for teach is Lamad. In the Strong’s Concordance, #3925, the definition includes the following: to teach; to goad; to instruct; to cause someone to learn…”

A Goad? Why that?

The goad, being a traditional farming tool, often long with a pointed end, was commonly used by ranchers to provoke, and yet direct livestock. According to Hayford’s Bible Handbook, lamad or rather teach is a verb and its origin may be traced to the goading of cattle. Similarly, teaching and learning are attained through a great variety of goading, by memorable events, techniques, or lessons. 

Considering the Hebraic meaning and provocative use of a goad, I think about David’s appeal when he bids God to teach him to do His will. Being the son of a shepherd, David had experience in tending to his dad’s flock, thus it stands to reason he would be familiar with the process and the instruments used to care for the herd.


As I extracted the profoundness of David’s plea, it resulted in the following take away:

David was not simply asking the Lord to teach him to do His will. His prayer suggests his openness to God and His method of instruction. He was emphatic when he spoke, “You are my God” and “Your Spirit is good,” so it was fitting to ask the Lord to lead him to a level place—a place of uprightness—where one’s character is approved by God.

By asking the Lord to teach him, David was consenting to the Lord’s sometimes peculiar and incomprehensible ways He chooses to develop one’s character. And if you know anything about David, you know certain actions of his were far from perfect.

At the heart of the prayer (at least the way I perceive it), David was agreeing to practice God’s will—to do His choices and desires.  And he was agreeable to the Lord’s teaching style, which on occasion included goading. 

I see an image of the Divine Shepherd using the pointed end of His long staff to uncomfortably motivate the wayward, stubborn and slow-moving human flock to get going and do the things the Lord is asking of YOU.

Goadgetter was crafted as a means to help me stay focused and committed to the ways of God and to the personal endeavors I want to undertake.

Goadgetter is concerned with addressing insubordinate and apprehensive habits that unfavorably affect our spiritual wellbeing.

As the Lord God pricks and prods me from a lackadaisical temperament, I plan to pass along the discomfort. My aim is to use biblical insight to promote your Christian growth while goading you to do “whatever” it is you know you should do. 


Be prepared to…


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  • Shari Gabourel

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Okay. Humor me for a moment.

In the event you are one of those intellects that know the responses to this pop quiz, I ask you to trek with me (and the others) as we challenge our brains on the subject of human anatomy parts.

What are Venae cavae?

What is Cerumen?

Do you know what the accessory lacrimal glands are?

If you are like me and did not readily know the meaning of each medical term, please don’t allow yourself to feel any other way aside from uninformed.

The venae cavae (Latin for "hollow veins”) are two large veins that return deoxygenated blood from the body into the heart. The vena cava has two parts: the superior vena cava and the inferior vena cava. The superior vena cava carries blood from the head, neck, arms, and chest. The inferior vena cava carries blood from the legs, feet, and organs in the abdomen and pelvis. The vena cava is the largest vein in the body.

Cerumen, which is a medical term, also goes by the unattractive term known as Earwax. It gets its name from the waxy, sticky texture - but earwax is not a wax. The exact recipe for earwax requires a good dose of sebum (a body secretion made up mostly of fat), skin cells, sweat and dirt. Cerumen or earwax is pretty important stuff. It is produced by the ear to clean and protect itself. It is secreted by glands in the skin that line the outer half of your ear canals. The wax and tiny hairs in these passages trap dust and other foreign particles that could damage deeper structures, such as your eardrums.

The accessory lacrimal glands (Krause's glands) are small, mucous accessory lacrimal glands that are found underneath the eyelid where the upper and lower conjuctivae meet. The function of these glands are to produce tears which are secreted onto the surface of the conjuctiva.

The preceding survey was not intended to shame you for not knowing the correct answers. To the contrary! The insight should serve as valuable.

Here’s why.

My lack of knowledge and your lack of knowledge about certain anatomy parts doesn’t negate the fact the distinct parts do in fact exist. And not only do they exist, but they are also of great significance.

The same can be said for your role in the body of Christ.

In speaking about the Scriptural phrase, the body of Christ, I am referring to the local and universal church in the metaphorical sense.

I would like to encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 12:12 through 31. Read the passage closely and thoughtfully. Read it as though you were one of the “parts” being spoken to directly.

Pause and linger on verse 18:

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be (New International Version).

After you download and process your predestination, reread verses 22-24. And then finally, read aloud verse 25.

25 so that there should be NO DIVISION in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other [emphasis added] (NIV).

…No division in the body.

God, help us with that.

At the time of this writing, I would describe the body of Christ as appearing to have an Autoimmune diseasean overactive immune system that attacks its own tissues instead of fighting off pathogens.

Can you imagine members of the body of Christ—those who have been:

Called—invited by name (Ephe. 4:1)

Chosen—selected, picked out (Ephe. 1:4)

Justified—pardoned and cleared from guilt; declared and pronounced righteous (Rom. 5:1),


Sanctified—separated from the profane and irreverent and purified internally by the renewing of the soul…

Can you imagine any part of the Lord’s body behaving in a manner that would be destructive to another?

Or to think your superior vena cava would choose not to communicate with other dependent organs, thus refusing to carry blood from your head, neck, arms, and chest, effectively disrupting your bodily functions and rendering you incapacitated.

Such a situation would be critical.

Whatever “part” of the body you are, accept your importance and responsibility. You have been called and chosen and set in place exactly where God would have you to be. Assume He knew exactly what He was doing.

Just as the Venae cavae, cerumen, and the lacrimal gland have their role, so do you.

From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephe. 4:16 NIV). [1]

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Eph 4:16). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.


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  • Shari Gabourel

I don’t know if you are familiar with what an Internet challenge is, but because I have two daughters in adolescence, I became knowledgeable quick.

An Internet challenge is a cultural phenomenon defined as “Internet users recording themselves taking a challenge and then distributing the resulting video through social media sites, often inspiring or daring others to repeat the challenge.”3 Due to these online influences and seeking attention by “liking” a behavior with global encouragement, there are no boundaries or limits to whom you can reach…

On any given day, my youngest can be found intently watching a well-known viral philanthropist or an energetic family engaged in some amusing or nonsensical challenge. Whatever the contest, once it is finished, the winner is usually awarded an outlandish prize that, in my opinion, is disproportionate to the venture itself.

After admittedly living the last several months in a state of consternation, a thought came to me during my God time.

What if there was a Scripture Challenge?

For example, what if you could select a certain biblical passage to engage in for 7-days and in the end, be rewarded with an incredible prize?

Let’s say the passage on the table is the very popularized and often recited reference from Proverbs 3:5-8.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

The goal in this case would be to endeavor to accomplish the first three directives in verses five through seven. And if successful, the end result would subsequently and naturally follow as asserted in verse eight:\

8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

Because I’m no stranger to this passage, I should be able to manage this test with NO PROBLEM!

The task at hand is simple. For the next seven days, all I must do is…

Trust in the Lord…with ALL my heart.

I am to be unsuspecting of the Lord when I petition Him in prayer. I must rest my mind on the integrity of who God is. Likewise, my entire inner self, my disposition—my temper and natural tendencies are expected to rely on the Lord God.

Further, I am not permitted to lean, rely, or even rest my mind on my own understanding—how I comprehend things to be or should be.

Okay…I need to stop for a minute.

As I begin deconstructing the first imperative sentence, which in grammatical nature is directing or ordering me—in a slightly bossy way to trust in the Lord with all my heart, I’m now beginning to feel a bit apprehensive.


Because I don’t know if I am completely up for the challenge.

Sure, I’m familiar with the text and have recited it countless times.

But as I begin to peer into the charge, I discern a responsibility I have often treated as theoretical.

Truth is, my execution of the text would generally look like this:

I will trust in the Lord with all my heart…when I see the COVID case numbers dwindle.

I will trust in the Lord with all my heart…after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.

I will trust in the Lord with all my heart when my husband can guarantee he will never transgress our sacred vows.

I will trust in the Lord with all my heart when my adolescent daughter stops secretly rolling her eyes (at least she thinks it’s secret) and sighing heavily when I ask her to clean her God-forsaken room.

Until such time, I will regrettably continue to only partially trust in Him.

Perhaps I should reconsider this endeavor. Or maybe I should move forward with reinforcements.

In my last correspondence, I acknowledged what I believe to be one of my God-given responsibilities, which is to support the body of Christ through means of encouragement. I also noted that whatever it was you were responsible for, that we should do it together.

My friends, I cannot convincingly or victoriously fulfill this Scripture challenge without YOU. I am not an independent member, but a dependent member of God’s family. In other words, I depend on you (1 Cor. 12:12-25).

To be sure, trusting in the Lord with all my heart is not to be commenced and concluded within a seven-day period. It is to be achieved over a lifetime. But because you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, that is how I’m going to approach this lifelong Scripture challenge…one day at a time.

Are you with me?

Please say yes!

What encouraging thoughts, words, or biblical insights would you have to share with me?

What gifts has the Lord irrevocably given you that have lied dormant and are in desperate need to be utilized…at such a time as this?

I would love to know.

So until we meet again, let’s see how we fare during the coming days as we each:

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

8 It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3: 5-8 New American Standard Bible 2020

Doing it different, but still doing it,




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  • Shari Gabourel

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Of the various biblical passages that have gained popular notoriety over the course of time, here’s yet another text that is often recited in the Christian community. 

13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 English Standard Version).

But to personalize the Lord’s words, I replaced my name for the word “people” and changed the pronouns to personal pronouns. In doing so, the passage was no longer words on a page being quoted, but rather the statement was now direct. It wasn’t speaking to the masses, per se. I had become the subject to whom the Lord was specifically speaking to:

...if Shari, who is called by name will humble herself, and pray and seek my face, and turn from her wicked ways...

I decided to pause at this juncture given I’m starting to feel some kind of way now that MY name has been inserted into the text 

If I...


Not someone else, but Me. 

Not the individuals I know, but Me.

Not “those” people, but Me.

Not “that” organization, but Me.

Not the current administration, but Me.

Not my husband. Not my kiddos, but just Me.

Shari Jones-Gabourel

If— on the condition that, or in the event that...

If is used to say that a particular thing can or will happen only after something else happens.



On the condition that Shari, who by the way is called by God’s name, would humble herself...

Let me try it this way:

A particular thing can or will happen only after something else happens, that something else must include Shari humbling herself...

If I, Shari, being called by the Lord’s name would HUMBLE myself...

Humble MYSELF.

It appears the humbling is something I must do. No one else is given the responsibility to humble me, but me. This should be all my doing. And the same must be true for the reverse. I have not been given permission to try to humble someone else. 

It would seem when I dare to attempt to humble someone else other than myself, I have taken on the business of being a self-appointed humbler, as it were, by trying to put other folks “in their place.” And clearly, the charge does not suggest or sanction such a gesture.

So what might humbling myself look like?

Perhaps I need to refresh my perspective of the word itself before I can rationally answer the question.

According to one definition, humble simply means to bend the knee.

Another common meaning for humble is having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.

As a verb, humble means that someone is lowered in dignity or importance. It’s the idea of bringing down one's pride and behaving in an unassuming manner—devoid of all haughtiness.

The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament defines it this way:

humble oneself, i.e., have an attitude of a proper low status in relationship to an authority, and so not being wrongly proud or pretentious, note: this action is related to repentance and a right relationship to God.

The definition further noted being humbled can also be the same as something or someone being subdued or subjected.

  • subdued—to conquer by force; to overpower so as to disable from further resistance; to tame; to break by conquering the temper or passions (American Dictionary of the English Language).

  • subjected—to be in a state of being conquered either emotionally or physically.

As if that wasn’t enough, what really stood out for me was the definition from the Louw-Nida Greek-English Lexicon. The word humble also meant to cause silence.

Wait. You mean to tell me part of humbling myself may require me to be quiet? 

Aye Yai Yai!!

As I began mulling over the idea and prospect of intentionally working to humble myself, I turned my thoughts inward. 

What if humbling myself was not solely having an appropriate estimation of myself? But in addition to that, what if humbling myself also meant subduing or taming certain dispositions and attitudes I have unnecessarily and plainly exhibited? 

What if I chose to subject or rather conquer raw emotions I may be experiencing as opposed to letting whoever is in my path have it?

What if I chose to be silent about a subject I have a fanatical opinion about that may be misinterpreted as divisive and even alienating by others?

What if I, Shari did that?

The directive to humble myself takes on an entirely new and challenging outlook.

I wonder what God would begin to do if I earnestly began to humble myself

There’s only one way for me to find out exactly what the Lord would do. 

Bearing in mind the “if” implications—a particular thing can or will happen only after something else happens—I, Shari, will have to humble myself in order to see or experience God’s response.

It’s interesting how the Lord requires us to humble ourselves first, prior to praying, seeking His face, and turning from our hurtful and ill-favored ways. Before any of those moral obligations are to be accomplished, He asks foremost that WE humble ourselves

Perhaps, He understands best the other efforts cannot be completely successful without the doing of the first. 

Doing it differently (or at least I’m trying),



The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Ch 7:13–14). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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