To my brothers and sisters in Christ, do you know who you are? Do you know what you are?
Are tired of procrastinating? Do you constantly set reminders and plan schedules that end up on the back burner while you manage to do other important things?
Do you find yourself spending hours working on a project only to realize… you had already planned to work on that book, craft, recipe, letter to a friend, reading session, or whatever it might be in your life?
Do you hate the fact that what you want to get done never gets done because you’re really procrastinating about it?
Do you often find yourself realizing you are in the very process of procrastination?
Don’t think that procrastination is just a long word that you can romanticize your writing life with by thinking yourself some hopeless, dreaming, starving artist or whatnot that will eventually triumph.
Procrastination is a virus. And viruses come from unhealthy, toxic places. And viruses, as well as where they originate, must be confronted, challenged, suffocated, and strangulated into subjection.
I’ve got three signs for you today that irrevocably disclose your dirty habit of procrastination.
I. You are doubting yourself/your capabilities.
Whatever God has gifted you with, He gave it to you not so you would hide it in the soil of your doubt caused by your limited vision. He gave it to you so that you might show forth His might and His power even though others only the exterior of a mortal human being showcasing His greatness is all that those around you may see.
You are doubting the power of the gift of the grace of God in you. Christ is your righteousness. If you doubt yourself, you are doubting God.
“Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles.”
II Chronicles 32:7-8
II. You are doubting the opinion of others.
Do you know the minds of others better than they do themselves? Do others know their own minds better than God knows their spirits? God can do anything. Even an audience’s resistance to whatever you’re procrastinating about doing is a blessing. This is not a display of your capabilities that needs a good reception in order to have power and supremacy. This is a display of God’s omnipresent righteousness and total power in you! This is not to display your capabilities! This is to display God!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…“
II Timothy 1:7-8a
III. You are doubting the power of God, and thus, you are doubting God Himself.
If you are doubting God, you truly are in a bad, unfruitful place.
Doubting the power of God waters Him down and takes Him off the Throne in our hearts. God is the Most High, Most Powerful, Most Glorious Being in all existence and in all time… and you doubt Him? Him?!
God created human existence and all elements that come together to create reality; all the way from the star furthest from Earth to the very breath you are taking now. God sent His Son, His only Son, down to the lowly, sinful Earth to die lowly, miserable, horrifying death, to turn His own eyes away from Him from the sight of His Son so draped in the sins of His Chosen People, and to return Him back to Heaven to be seated forever at His right hand. This Personage you doubt?
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
So, go forth and do those things you’re so terrified of doing and always remember that you are a soul! You are an eternal being! You will exist forever! This blinding exterior of the human form is amazingly powerful in its ability to blind us to our true potential – Christ’s righteousness in us!
Don’t put your eternal faith and treasure in yourself, your earthly flesh, or its limited capabilities!
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal…”