Sometimes winning the battle means we just need to decide to start and then take a step. If you’re like me then you have a tendency to overcomplicate things. Your intentions may be good, perhaps you want to be strategic, well thought out, prepared, or in control (this is a big one for me!). But the result of this is just delaying the desired outcome, whatever that may be. And I’ve also found that the more time that passes between me wanting to do something and me actually doing it – the less likely I’ll be to take any action.
It’s so easy to get tangled in excuses and circumstances and put off what we’re called and created to do. It’s also really easy to put off of that which we know we’re suppose to do but also involves some discomfort, vulnerability or even pain. Procrastination is a real thing and can I just be honest – it’s a snare of the enemy and a result of our fallen flesh.
Procrastination is just distraction disguised to keep us from our destiny and mission.
In Romans 8, Paul says “I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging ware against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me…Thanks be to God, who delivers me thought Jesus Christ our Lord!”
I don’t know about you, but just reading this scripture I makes me feel confused and crazy! But don’t we all feel this on a daily occurrence? We constantly struggle with not doing what we want to do or are suppose to do and constantly fall back to those things that we don’t want to do! And it’s not just the big in your face issues that we do this with, but it’s also the little ones that we overlook and chalk up to a bad mood a stressful situation, or an innocent indulgence. Snapping at your children instead of discussing their behavior and repercussions, watching Netflix instead of fulfilling that commitment, staying up late which means you sleep in instead of having your early morning prayer time. If you are feeling uncomfortable and convicted right now, me too!
But when we follow Paul’s example and call it for what it is – the sin living in us battling the spirit of God in us – we can actually engage, shut down the lie, thus winning the battle and get on with what God has planned and prepared for us.
When I stop wasting time with distractions and disruptions that the enemy has set for me, then I have all the time to do the things I said I was going to do, the things I’m suppose to do and the things I’m called to do. It’s not as difficult as we make it seem. But it is uncomfortable, inconvenient and hard at times- but so is missing the destiny that God has planned for you.
Which is why I’m inviting you to join me for Start Now: A Wellness Series. This is a free, four week series focused on exercise and wellness based around the gospel truths. If I’m being completely honest, I created this course for me – because I need to start and I figured you might need to also – plus there is something powerful about a community declaring and walking in Truth together, while taking action!
So yes, we’re going to be talking about “just working out” and how to start and no, we’re not just talking about working out. It goes much deeper than that because we were made for the deep and holy things of God. And those things that seem small, insignificant and unrelated to your purpose are actually the gatekeepers to it. So let’s do the work, open the doors and walk through those gates together!