I snoozed the alarm on my iPhone for the third time and stuffed my head under my pillow.
I wanted so much to forget my decision to go for a morning jog, my date with God.
“Just 5 more minutes of sleep…”
“How about a jog in the afternoon or tomorrow perhaps?”
There was a tug at my heart, and I heard the Holy Spirit reprimand me gently about my procrastination and laziness.
Have you ever procrastinated when it came to doing something that God has had urged you to do?
Do you give yourself numerous reasons to go against the conviction which the Holy Spirit had placed in your heart?
What is hindering you from moving forward?
Laziness? Tiredness? Distractions?
So often we delay an action that God requires of us because of distractions.
We describe them as ‘urgent matters’ and allow them to override the ‘important tasks’ assigned to us by God.
Here’s a tip: JUST DO IT!
It is not about whether you can accomplish what God has called you to do or whether you can do it well.
It is also not about how much you desire to do what He says or how much you know it’s good for you.
It is not even about not how weak you think your flesh is or how uncertain you think the future may be.
It really is about responding immediately in obedience.
It is believing that God speaks to our potential even as he speaks to who we are now because He knows who we are destined to become.
It is about depending on God despite our weaknesses, knowing that His power is perfected and magnified in them (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God knows exactly what we can or cannot do in life, and He is always awaiting us to move from our comfort zone to our stretch zone.
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence.”
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
The verse simply means that His plans for us can be fulfilled!
His ways are doable and His desire is for each of us to move from potential to fulfilment.
Whenever God speaks to us or calls us to action, He does it with a complete understanding of what He has put in each of us.
If you haven’t been exercising for the longest time, have bought your running shoes and have left it to collect dust in your shoe cabinet or have been telling yourself “I need to do something about my fitness!”, then the solution is really to just do it!
The first time is the hardest.
Your flesh will protest in recalcitrance, coming up with endless reasons why you should not do it.
The trick is to say “No” to your flesh, and say it as often as required.
Eventually, your flesh gets the message and used to you not allowing it freedom of dictation over your decisions.
Essentially, the key is to trust Him and to dare to live the life God has for you.
In Christ, you can do all things! Learn to draw your strength from Him and witness all the incredible things that He will do for you.
So wake up now, put on your gear, step out of the door, and work that body of yours!
Hear it and live it. Be a doer!
Points for Reflection & Prayer:
- What are some actions or to-do-lists that you’ve been procrastinating?
- Is there someone who you can be accountable to and will check on you?
- Why do you find it difficult to trust and obey God?