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What Are You Waiting For?

procrastination

I am a procrastinator. In fact I procrastinated posting this devotional.  I wrote it last week but I’m just getting around to posting it today. I also procrastinate doing things that are out of my comfort zone. I will put things off until I absolutely have to do it or it’s convenient for me.

King Solomon gave us these words in Ecclesiastes 11:4,  “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

Solomon is talking about procrastination. We have the tendency to wait for the perfect time to do things, like share the Gospel with others. We might have someone in mind we want to share Christ with, but it never seems like the right time to do it.

If we are waiting for the perfect moment, forget it. We can tell ourselves all day, “I need to talk with him/her but now is not the right time.” There will never be a “right time”. We must do it now. There might not be another opportunity. We don’t want to wait until it’s too late.

Are you waiting to share the Gospel with someone who needs to hear it?  Or maybe you are seeking Christ and keep putting off asking someone about Him. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Reach out now. Who knows, this may be the last chance you have.

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I’ll Do It Later

IM000033.JPGWhoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.   Ecclesiastes 11:4

Doesn’t the fireplace in the picture look inviting? I’d love to sit in a comfortable chair in front of that fire and not have a care in the world. Maybe just sit and daydream with a cup of coffee.  PROCRASTINATION

Staring out the window, playing Facebook, absent-mindedly watching TV are forms of procrastination if we have work which needs to be done. If we keep looking at the clouds we’ll never get anything accomplished.

Charles Stanley, in his devotional book Enter His Gates, has this to say about procrastination: “Procrastination can cause us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. When we fail to confront an issue or a situation we fail to develop godly, positive character desired by God. By hesitating we delay God’s blessings.”

I never thought of procrastination as delaying God’s blessings. We have no idea what those blessings might be, but do we want to miss out on them?

Do you have a deadline to meet soon? Is there a book or article waiting to be written? Don’t let procrastination get the upper hand.

We can give up some TV time, some facebook/Twitter time and send it writing instead. Even if it’s only a half hour let’s do it. We might be surprised how productive we’ll become and what blessings God will send our way.

 

Dear Lord, Please keep the temptation to procrastinate away from me. Fill me with the motivation to write. I need to get my priorities straight and I know that will happen with Your help. In Jesus’ name,  Amen.

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PROCRASTINATION

IM000033.JPGDoesn’t that fire look inviting? I would love to sit in a comfortable chair in front of that fire and not have a care in the world. Maybe curl up with a good book or just daydream with a mug of hot chocolate.  PROCRASTINATION

I have started the new year reading a daily devotional by Charles Stanley – “Enter His Gates”. Today’s reading really hit home. It is all about procrastination.

“Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4)

Staring out the window daydreaming, playing on facebook, absently watching TV are forms of procrastination if we have a project we should be working on. Do you have a deadline to meet soon? Is there a book or article waiting to be written?

Why do we procrastinate when we know there are things to be done?

Some of it might be fear. We want to write that novel or article, but are afraid we are not good enough to do it.

We might be thinking that even if we write no publisher is going to want it. Do I want to go through the work of self-publishing?

Charles Stanley in today’s devotional said this, “Procrastination can cause us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. When we fail to confront an issue or a situation, we fail to develop the godly, positive character desired by God. By hesitating, we delay God’s blessings.”

I have never thought of procrastination in those terms before. We are delaying God’s blessings. We have no idea what those blessing might be, but do we really want to miss out on them?

As writers, let’s make a pact that we will not allow idle time to manipulate our lives. Sure, some idle time is good. We all need to shut down for a while and recharge. What we don’t need is for idle time to take over.

Assess how you spend your time each day. I know there is a great deal of wasted time during my days – time when I could and should be writing.

Don’t let procrastination get the upper hand this year. We can give up some TV time, some facebook/twitter time and write. Even if it’s only a half an hour let’s do it. We might be very surprised how productive we will become and what blessings God will send our way.

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FINDING TIME TO WRITE

I love to write. Once I get started I can’t believe how fast the time goes. I become so involved in what I’m writing the rest of the world is shut out. The problem is finding the time to write.

I work full-time. By the time I finish work, have dinner and do the dishes my brain does not want to work anymore. Going on facebook or watching TV seems to be a much more relaxing way to spend my evenings. Does this sound like you, too?

I have a novel I want to write and it is just sitting there, staring at me. Most of the research is done, why don’t I get busy and write it? PROCRASTINATION. I think I am using being tired and brain dead as an excuse for procrastination.

If I truly look at how I spend my days I have plenty of time to write. I don’t need to watch a mindless TV program, that an hour later doesn’t mean a thing. I don’t have to play that game on facebook for hours on end.

DISCIPLINE – that’s what I need. I just have to tell myself to leave the TV and computer off. (I write everything long hand, then use my computer as my typewriter for the final product.)  If I would do that even 3 nights a week I’d get a lot of writing done. I’d be well into my book instead of still working on Chapter One.

We make time for everything else in our lives, there is no excuse for not making time to write. If we really want to be writers we need to write. How difficult would it be to set aside even a half hour and do nothing but write? Before long I bet that time would turn into an hour or more. We would probably find we don’t miss the TV or computer game. We will, most likely, enjoy writing and find it relaxing, especially when we have a finished product in front of us we can be proud of.

What’s your excuse for not writing? Commit yourself to writing daily or at least 3-4 days a week, even if it’s only for a short period of time. That is something I am going to work on. I want to get my novel written, but that is not going to happen if all I do is stare at it. If writing this book is important to me, then making the time to write it should be just as important.

Do you have difficulty finding time to write? Make the commitment with me to write a little each day. I welcome your comments on how you find the time to write or, if you are making this new commitment, how things are going. Your experiences are bound to help another writer who is struggling.

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