Organizing the Inside 365 Days

Empowering Christian Women To Get Organized and Discover God's Plan for Their Lives

Organizing the Inside – Day 215 Self-control, the Solution for Procrastination

22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:22-25 (NLT)

Okay, so this is excuse number one million and one.
You’ve put off that one task that you know will make a huge difference in moving you closer to God’s plan for your life. This has now gone far beyond the occasional need to pray for direction and guidance, although that too, was a pretty good excuse a while back. You now know that it’s time to move forward with that one thing you have wasted time only thinking about. By now you’ve considered every possible way that something could go wrong. You’ve flipped this thing upside down and right side up, looking for possible pitfalls.

It’s time to make a decision and move forward already!
God has patiently waited while you tirelessly analyzed your situation, only to put off making a decision. Tell yourself you’ve reached the end of your line of excuses. Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT) Accept the fact that waiting for perfect conditions in absolutely fruitless. You will still be waiting when Jesus returns if you don’t go ahead and make a decision. You’ve somehow managed to keep busy, so you feel you haven’t been idle. Procrastination is always laden with excuses, that keep you inactive. If you are not moving forward to fulfill God’s plan for your life you can change the course you’re on through simple obedience.

Living a simplified life requires self-control.
When you don’t exercise self-control things can quickly get rather complicated. Realize that continuing to put off a decision is actually a decision in itself. You are essentially telling God no. Not now, or I’ll get to it once I clean things up in my life, is just another way of rejecting God’s plan. If God has spoken to your heart about doing something specific, it could be as simple as visiting a dying neighbor for prayer, or as big as that vision you’ve had in your heart for years now; either way, say yes to God and He’ll help you finish the work. Remember self-control negates procrastination. Beginning is the toughest part of execution, which is the art of getting things done. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. Mark 11:22 (KJV) God will not leave you out there on your own. Trust Him to help you, and take that first step to move forward.

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2 Comments»

  Ann wrote @

Oh, Thank you for this one Liz! There are 3 things I have been procrastinating on (and a 4th if I don’t get started on it today). Thank you for your loving reminder.
🙂
In His grip,
Ann

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hey Ann, I’ve learned from first hand experience that too many back burner projects can give us a false sense of productivity. Happy you’re going to get started on those projects.


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