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Hi, my name is Beth, and I’m a Procrastinator…

procrastination

Oh my gosh, I wish that wasn’t true! But it is. I have always been a procrastinator, and I guess I will always be a procrastinator. Some of my earlier memories are when my Mom or Dad asked me to do something and I would wait until the last second to go do it. Mom would call me by my full name, (so I knew she was serious!), and then start to count out loud. I knew I’d better get up and run do what ever it was she had asked me to do. {grin} You’d think I’d learn after a few times to just do what was asked of me when it was asked, but nooooooooo… that would have been too easy! So, to this day, with SO many things, I procrastinate ’til the last minute to get something done.

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For now, procrastination is just a part of my life. So far, God hasn’t seen fit to just snap His fingers and cure me of it. When He asks me to do something, I dare say I have done the same thing I used to do when my parents would ask me to do something. I have waited until the last second to get up and get it done. I haven’t heard him use my full name or start to count yet, so, I’m hoping that’s a step in the right direction.

Can you still be obedient and be a procrastinator when God asks you to do something? You might think, as long as it gets done, then sure. But, I’m not so sure. I don’t think He likes to wait any more than any other parent would. I mean, He IS our Heavenly Father, isn’t He? So, why would He be any different than an earthly parent? Oh, sure, He probably knows whether we’re going to do it or not already. But the faster we do what He asks, the sooner we’ll get the blessing for it. And the blessing is always better than we could ever imagine it to be.

This is something I struggle with. I try to be better about it. The only way I can deal with doing something I just REALLY don’t want to do is to put my earbuds in and listen to a book. That, or having a friend over to talk to me while I do what ever it is I don’t want to do, are the only two ways I’ve found – so far – that help keep me focused enough to where I can finish the task. When it comes to my work, I rarely procrastinate. But then again, I enjoy what I do for a living. So I guess that’s the difference. If I didn’t mind doing something it wouldn’t be a chore, and I wouldn’t procrastinate about it.

You’d think that I could change the way I think about something and make it into something I would enjoy, thus no more procrastinating. But, that doesn’t work with me. My brain isn’t easily fooled like that. So, I guess I’m stuck with friends and earbuds.

What does God say about procrastination? Interesting question. There are a few scriptures on the subject, but my favorite is Luke 14:16-24 which tells the Parable of the Great Feast that basically says, those who procrastinate lose out. But verse 24 is the kicker:

16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.  17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’  18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’  20 Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’
21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’  22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’  23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.  24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

So, you see, if we don’t do what He asks us to do when He asks us to do it, we miss out on something great. And, I would hate to miss out on something that He has planned for me. Wouldn’t you? I’ve learned enough in the last few years to know that what ever I think I might be blessed with is nothing compared to what He has in mind to bless me with. And, at the risk of sounding greedy, I want everything that He is willing to give me. All we have to do to get it, is just do what He asks us to do.

Don’t miss that opportunity.

Are you a procrastinator? Do you feel like you’ve missed out on some of His blessings for your life? If so, you can start right now and do what He’s asked you to do.

Proverbs 4_13

Decision Made!

So, the date has been set, and barring any changes from the moving company, I will be back HOME in three weeks! I never thought about being in Atlanta this long. For the last 6 years, at least, I’ve thought I would be moving home ‘soon’. But it just never seemed to happen. But finally, after 14 years, 7 months and 24 days, (…but who’s counting?!), God has allowed me to move. I’ve ‘graduated’ as my best friend says. Apparently I have done all He needed me to do and learn here and my next ‘growth spurt’ will occur in a new place.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about what God has in store for me. I have no idea what it is, or what it entails, but I am so ready for it! A new job with new opportunities to learn and grow, new people to meet…Wow! Awesome!!

What I’m not looking forward to, however, is trying to find a new church home. It will be impossible to even come close to finding what I have here in a church. But I need to look at finding that new church home as an adventure. One that I should look forward to. Stepping outside my comfort zone, making myself go somewhere new isn’t something I do easily. But it will mean finding new leaders and teachers who will help me continue my walk with God. But I know without finding a new church, my life as I have come to know it, will become stagnant. And that is something I can not let happen.

Life without hearing from my Heavenly Father would be unbearable. When you’re used to hearing from Him on a somewhat regular basis, it can be unnerving when you don’t hear from Him. When I lost my job, I figured I would move home, but it wasn’t a guaranteed thing. I waited and listened for His voice to tell me what He wanted me to do. But it never came. I didn’t want to make this decision on my own. I wanted to do what He wanted me to do, but I wanted Him to TELL me what to do. So, I sat and listened. But I didn’t hear that Voice as I had before. I never actually heard Him say, “Move home” like I thought I would. Like I wanted to. That would have been too easy, I suppose. So, I had to rely on His gentle, guiding ways of letting me know what to do. You might call them signs… I don’t know how else to describe it. The signs varied, everything from hearing Bluegrass music and feeling a yearning for home that I hadn’t had in years, to someone telling me I reminded them of the woman stuck on her roof in a flood who refused all help because she was ‘waiting on the Lord to help her’, (which, I wasn’t THAT stubborn about it!), to the anxiety I felt about even applying for a job in Georgia, to finally, the peace that moving home was the right decision to make. It took an agonizing three weeks for the peace to come. But come, it did. And now I can say with all certainty that moving home to be closer to my family is the best and only decision that I could have made.

I will miss a lot of things about Georgia, but nothing here can compare to being in God’s Will for your life and knowing that it coincides with what you want. I am ready to walk in my destiny, where ever that may lead.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in your destiny? God has a destiny just for you. One that is for no one else in this world. It is uniquely yours, and you, and only you, can fulfill the destiny He has for you. All you have to do is ask Him what He wants you to do. He’ll tell you. A lot of people don’t ask because they’re scared to know. They’re afraid they’ll be sent to Africa or some other far away land. And, yes, that is a possibility. But you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run. So, you have to start living a Christian life and be open to all it means before He will call you to something big. He won’t call you to do something He hasn’t prepared you to do. Change, especially as a Christian, is a constant thing. He will mold you into what He wants you to be. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it’s painful. But you will never be the same. But it will be an exciting journey from the first day, until your last.

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” ~ John 15:2-6

Go ahead. Ask Him what He wants you to do. I dare ya. You’ll never be the same.

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