Friday, April 19, 2013

The Right Thing at the Right Time

I don’t know about you but one of my biggest weaknesses is that I am a procrastinator; I have been ever since I was young. I would always put off what needed to get done until I was out of time and had no choice but to do it. Well this week I read a blog post by Pete Wilson that challenged and spoke to me, and if you are like me and struggle with procrastination I think it will do the same for you. So I thought I would share it with you today.

The Right Thing At The Right Time - Pete Wilson

You know what I struggle with these days. In a word? Procrastination.
Procrastination is the failure to do the right thing at the right time.
For most of us our problem is not that we don’t know what to do. Our problem is not that we deliberately refuse to do what we ought to do. We just don’t get around to doing it. I’m preaching to myself today, but here’s a few things I’ve found helpful.
1. Give Up Perfection.
One of the strongest links to procrastination is perfectionism. My friend Jon Acuff calls this the procrastinating perfectionist.    Jon says “90% perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100% perfect and stuck in your head.”
Eccl. 11:4 “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”
Stop waiting for…
The perfect day.
The perfect plan.
The perfect reason.
The perfect person.
If you wait for perfection to pursue it will always paralyze. 
2. Buddy Up.
Go public with your dreams. The longer I stay quiet about something God has prompted me to do the more likely I am not to do it.
The longer you live with a God prompt the more content you become with not following it.
3. Ruthlessly Prioritize
I must decide what really matters.  This is a choice of the heart.  I want to live so that my life reflects my values.  So that when people look at me, they know what is really important to me.
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days so that we may grow in wisdom.”
Today is a gift. I’m not promised or owed tomorrow. It’s a gift.

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-Brad Snipes
Middle School Pastor, BCC