Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
There is no time like the present. The right time is right now. It’s now or never.
It’s amazing the quotes we learn about being proactive. Even more amazing is the wisdom we accredit to those who have said these things.
We take their wisdom or motivation and encouragement and decide that it’s going to be our new motto. YOLO, right?
The thing is, the Bible said that years and years ago. What makes our society reject the Word of God, yet uphold the words of man in such high esteem. Why is it not good enough for God to have said it for it to be our motto?
Don’t get me wrong. I am a quotes person. I love quotes. However, the more I read, the more I realize that those who are coined with the wisest of phrases have merely taken God’s word and put them in modern form.
So, I say all that to say, read your Bible. If you think you’ve come across a great quote or something worth posting from reading a self-help book, imagine what you’ll find reading God’s Word. You’re in for a real treat.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT) History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
Teach us to make the most of our time that we may grow in wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 (NLT)
It takes time. Don’t we hate hearing that? We don’t want to hear about how long it takes. Nobody wants to take the time, we just want it to be done. We want to hear that the journey was tough, but short. We don’t want to hear that it was 10 years before you found your dream job.
Who likes hearing, it takes time to process the check? Or it takes time to heal? What about, it takes time to work your way up? We don’t want to hear that, much less believe it.
Nobody wants to hear that Abraham was 100 before he had his promised son (Genesis 21:5). Nobody wants to hear that the Israelites wandered for 40 years (Joshua 5:6). Who thinks about the fact that Jesus was on the earth three decades before we have any documentation of His preaching ministry (Luke 3:23)?
Ain’t nobody got time to hear that, right? There’s just not enough time for our microwave society. But, if you don’t make time for, you’re certainly not going to have time to undo what you’ve already mistakenly done.
It is my belief that God is so at work that we just can’t contain all that He is doing in our time frame. God is doing something life changing in His way and we want it momentarily to happen in our way. I believe that when God does what He has planned, we won’t mind the time that He took to nurture and prepare us for it.
See, I still believe that the process is the glory. And when I rush the process, I effect the product. Now, whose got time for an unfinished, untested product?
- Why do we want to procrastinate or to not try?
- We don’t want to work wholeheartedly – Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:7
- Selfishness says, “I don’t feel like it. So, I don’t have to.” – Jeremiah 17:9
- Pride says, “I shouldn’t have to.” – John 13:1-17 “Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet”
- Eric Thomas, “Behind your feelings is nothing.”
How do we overcome procrastination?
- Be immediate – Matthew 25:16, “He went at once…”
- Appreciate time – Psalm 90:12
- Discernment – Psalm 32:8; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23 (Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s necessary)
- Serve – Galatians 2:10, 6:10; Proverbs 21:13; Psalm 82:3-4
So, last week, we were watching a choir, and my uncle was asking why he couldn’t hear anything. Somehow, the TV had been muted, so my cousin said, the TV is muted so turn mute off.
What’s interesting is that we could see what was happening, but couldn’t take part in it because we couldn’t hear. We had the resource, we had the access, we were tuned in and could see it, but we couldn’t get involved. Not until we activated something.
We had the access and the resource, but we hadn’t activated them. And the same thing applies to our lives. Today, we see needs. We know we can meet them. We have access to people who could use our help. We have the resources. But have we activated them?
We’re waiting on something else to happen when all along we have the access and resources in our own hands to get involved and make it work.
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools. – Og Mandino
Every week we are challenged to take the next step, everyday really. So, why don’t we? We don’t have time? We don’t have resources? We’re waiting? In the last couple of months, I’ve heard several references to Pharaoh and the frogs. So, I felt like procrastination would be a great topic of focus. After all, I can’t tell you how many times I put off preparing this lesson.
As we approach a new year very soon, there will be moments that we put off taking the next step. Or we may be procrastinating right now because we’ll start next week or next year. So, let’s not wait any longer and jump into this lesson!
The question is, why do we wait?
- Waiting on God.
- Are we waiting on a sign from God or do we just want Him to do everything?
- Exodus 8:8-10
- Active waiting – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Matthew 7:7
- Excuses – Proverbs 22:13, 26:13
- Annie, “Tomorrow” – Tomorrow might only be a day away, but it is ALWAYS a day away.
- What if God is preparing me today for what I’m trying to put off for tomorrow?
- Fear of Failure (FOF)
- What makes failure fearful?
- God can’t bless an effort I don’t make. – Psalm 90:17
- Proverbs 16:3; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Isaiah 55:8-9
- If God’s ways aren’t like ours, then wouldn’t His idea of success be different as well?
Where’s my daddy?
That’s my 2 year old nephew’s only concern. When his dad comes around his only care in the world is being where daddy is. It really doesn’t matter that usually it’s about being wherever someone who has food or candy is. When Daddy is home, it’s only about him. Where is my Daddy? Where is my Daddy?
Am I ever like that?
When I wake up in the morning is the first thought that comes to mind about being with my Heavenly Father? When I’m home am I adamant on being where God is? When I’m “away’ from Him do I long to be with Him?
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m like that. I want to be, but I don’t think I am. Because even when I have my alone time with God, it’s so easy to think about what I need to do next. It’s so easy to start thinking about what’s on my to-do list. And it’s easy to put that alone time on a to-do list, when it’s not a “to-do” but a priority of life.
I want to be where Daddy is. And not because I’m supposed to want to be there, but because I really want to be there. Because I know I need to be there. Because I know He wants me there.
In Matthew 18:3 the Bible tells us to be like children. And after watching my nephew, I think I finally know why…
Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
I’m just wondering when people get married are they really getting married for forever or for an idea? You know, there is a difference between the wedding and the marriage.
Marriage is a great. I’m not married yet, but I’ve seen great marriages. So, I know it can be great. God created marriage, so it has to be something good. But I’m curious as to why people put so much effort into the wedding and hardly any into the marriage.
I’m not saying weddings can’t be fun. And I’m not saying a person shouldn’t be excited about having one. Be happy. You’ve found someone to spend the rest of your life with! It’s great!
But, why is it more important to plan the wedding than it is the marriage? If you’ve been dreaming about the perfect wedding since you were a child, shouldn’t you have spent some time trying to be the “perfect” wife when it’s over.
Although the timing really is unparelleled, just go with me here. If life here is only a glimpse of time compared to eternity, then what is the time of a wedding compared to a marriage that’s meant to last forever? Isn’t only a glimpse as well.
Divorce is too easy an option for us today. I’m not saying that sometimes you don’t need to get out of a marriage. But I am saying that it seems like it might not be worth it to divorce because he doesn’t like to clean up, if divorce wasn’t such an easy scapegoat.
I am no expert in marital affairs. And so I don’t write about marriage as a know-it-all. I write about it because I need the reminders myself. I write because when my marriage isn’t going the way I planned it, I can look back and be held accountable.
As I prepare for my wedding in less than a month, I just want to remind myself and other people in the world to not lost sight of the bigger picture. Weddings are good, but they aren’t marriage. Work towards being happy everyday and not just for that day. For many, the day they get married is the best day of their lives. But don’t let it be the best day of your marriage either.
I’ve been dealing a lot with feelings lately. Mainly because feelings don’t really matter all that much. Sure, you want to feel good, or feel like it, but it doesn’t matter at the end of the day. Because whether you’re feeling it or not, it’s got to be done.
But the interesting thought that came to me yesterday was, if I get to spend an eternity feeling like it, then surely I can spend a lifetime when I don’t. You know, if I don’t feel like showing love, but I do, shouldn’t it be all the more motivating to know that I will feel like it for an eternity.
I guess I’m saying, if there are things you don’t feel like doing in this life, but it glorifies God, then it might motivate you to feel more like it knowing that for eternity you will feel like it.
This life is just that. It’s this life. But what we do will determine how we will spend eternity. And I just don’t want to get to Heaven and tell God I didn’t go to church because I didn’t feel like it. I didn’t say I loved that person because I didn’t feel like it. I didn’t give more because I didn’t feel like it.
That’s a sad thought. To think that you made it to Heaven and the only response you can give God for not doing more work for Him is because you didn’t feel like it… even though He felt like you needed another chance.