As I am returning from a trip to Branson, MO where we met with a client church this weekend, I am reminded of all the things that now need to get finished so we can launch our new eCourse, fresco. When I sat down this morning to read through my daily devotion from Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, his devotion screamed at me words of wisdom and truth. I felt like I needed to pass these words on to you, our readers, so here is a recap of the devotional by Rick Warren.
Cure for Procrastination
- by Rick Warren
The Bible gives us five actions we can take to stop procrastinating.
- Stop making excuses: What have you been saying you are going to do... one of these days? Things will never settle down. You must makea choice to prioritize what is important.
- Start today: Not next month,next week, or tomorrow. Write down three things you know God wants you to do now. Choose one of those three and decide to start today.
- Establish a planned schedule: If you fail to plan, you're planning to fail. You need to designate some specific time slots each week for the things you need to do
- Face your fears: We hate to admit we have fears because we think they are a sign of weakness. But fear is a sign of humanity. Only fools are not afraid.
- Focus on what you gain, not the pain: There are very few things in life that are easy. You must push through the frustration and look at the gain beyond the pain.
Don't ask, "What do I feel like doing?" Instead ask, "What does God want me to do?"
Jesus never said life would be easy. There will be sacrifice and commitment. But there is tremendous reward when we do the things he calls us to do.
How many times have you put off starting something you knew you needed to be doing, but you allowed everthing else to take precedence in your life. I know I have done this too many times myself. Decide that today is the day you step out and step up to do what you know God is calling you to do.