Day 72: It’s been too long

It has been far too long since the last time I wrote an entry for this blog.  It’s been far too long since I exercised regularly. It’s been far too long since I’ve…(INSERT INTENDED COMMITMENT REQUIRING DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE HERE:_____________).

I just heard a tremendous story of a lady who stayed committed to running for two years straight at least. A woman who did not settle for a life she could do something about changing. And with many strides she propelled herself forward day, after day, after day, after day…..NO MATTER what anyone thought of her and NO MATTER the weather. She didn’t stop.  She ran.

Do we stop? Is it because of what others think? Is it because the weather is uncomfortable? What keeps us from propelling forward to reach life goals?

This tenacious woman kept on, and 2 years later, she was a woman transformed. It was evident from the outside. It was evident from the smile on her face. No longer propelling forward, this lady was SOARING.

I admire this kind of commitment so much. It’s not as much the success of the story, but the full-out determination of the committed that really inspires me. I am fully amazed by those who risk themselves and forsake their comfort to reach their goals.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

May we look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith to be our ultimate inspiration, example, standard, motivator…..He didn’t give up, He faced opposition….He faced ‘weather’ that was most uncomfortable, to put it mildly, and He did it so you and I could have LIFE.  May my heart and yours remember this. May we trust Jesus with every stride as we propel forward with Him, knowing that one day, if we  throw off everything that hinders us and persevere, we will SOAR. In Jesus’ name.  Oh HOW GREAT THOU ART!!

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Day 19: antidote #2

In Day 18: antidote #1, we took a look at what scripture has to say about “laziness”.

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9.

Today, we are going to look at  PROCRASTINATION. I can’t help but think these two go hand in hand. Isn’t it being lazy to procrastinate? When we procrastinate, aren’t we too being “slack in our work”?

As we continue to chew on the Word regarding “laziness”, we can also learn of procrastination’s role in aiding the build up of Clutter (Day 17).

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

MAKING THE BEST USE OF TIME

Procrastination is to put off something that you could do today, right? So we could rationalize that this is the best use of time because we believe we are exchanging the time we give to a certain, perhaps unpleasant task, with some task that we enjoy more or with something that doesn’t cost us anything.

Does sleeping late count as procrastination? When you plan to wake up early to say, PRAY or work-out or some other DISCIPLINE that would be best done in the early hours, then I’m going to say, “YES!”.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

Praying is wise. Exercising is wise. Eating a nice breakfast is wise. Making the best use of time is wise. Why then do we choose foolishness? (at least I’ll speak for myself here).

The Word tells us to do a few things: 1) Look carefully how you walk, 2) Be wise and make the best use of time, 3) Do not be foolish, and 4) Understand what the will of the Lord is.

May you and I examine our lives. May we be wise and  make the best use of time. May we not be foolish, and instead understand what the will of the Lord is. May we truly understand the will of the Lord and seek to carry out all we need to do this very day. May we DO what needs to be done and not delay. In Jesus’ name!!

 Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day. Matthew 6:34