Are your days productive? Do you accomplish most of what you hope to each day? Or, truth be told, would you be thrilled to have one fully-productive day each week – or at least once in your lifetime? ☺
What we accomplish in any given day often depends on our circumstances. A CEO with mature, well-trained employees, for example, has more control over his or her schedule than a mother of small, mischievously-energetic children. Considering your specific circumstances, are you pleased with the way you manage your time, or does procrastination consistently hinder you?
In previous columns, I’ve confessed my struggle with procrastination. I’ve come a long way, but still have a way to go. For several weeks, in fact, I procrastinated writing this article about procrastination. Maybe you can relate in some way.
What if I told you that if we’ve put our trust in Christ, God has already placed a spirit of self-control (self-discipline) within us?
2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) says,
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
What would happen if we believed this about ourselves and thought of ourselves as disciplined people? What if, the next time you’re tempted to give in to your old ways, you instead declare, “God has given me(!) a spirit of self-control; therefore, I can behave like a disciplined person.”
If you’re not ready to do this just yet, perhaps a good first step would be going to your heavenly Father and acknowledging your struggle with time management. Ask Him to give you a heart of repentance and a desire to appreciate the opportunity each day holds. Then allow the Holy Spirit to give you the faith to believe that God truly has given you, personally, a spirit of self-control.
How would believing this change you? Would it make it easier for you to get up each day? Would it make you feel better about yourself when you go to bed each night?
Procrastination is a serious issue. Years ago, the panic I experienced when I feared that I’d never get control over it drove me to my knees. It wasn’t until I admitted my helplessness and asked God to change me that I began to experience victory. To this day, I continue to praise God for his powerful compassion. I pray you will experience the same victory.
Next week, I’ll share a couple of new ways to help you get control of your day.
What about you?
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