Procrastination: The act or habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.Definition
Whether you have become a master at postponing the execution of most of your tasks, or if it only concerns a few areas of your life; procrastination can create a glass ceiling. Preventing us from moving forward in God’s plan for our lives. Do you find yourself writing down the same new year goals? Year after year, after years? Do you feel guilty when thinking of the things that should have been done, but are still on stand-by or non-existent? If the answer is yes, you are most likely not living the purposeful life God wants you to live.
What is God’s plan for our lives?
” This plan, which God will complete when time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.”Ephesians 1:10
I want to be part of this plan. To be used « to gather all creation with Christ as head. » This seems to be such an unreachable mission if we look at ourselves. Even when taking the millions of Christians into consideration, I know that we’re too imperfect to achieve this plan with our own strength.
That’s when I go back to this verse, and remind myself that this is God’s plan, not mine. Everything he starts, he finishes. Speaking of finishing what is started. That is a struggle that I am having a hard time with at the moment. Let’s pray to be more like God and to finish what we start. God wants to use us in his divine plan. At the end, Jesus will complete it with, or without us. Do you want to be used by God? I do.
“[…] and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning”Ephesians 1:11
All things are done according to God’s plan and decision. As I decide to fully walk in the will of God, and be part of his divine plan. I identified a huge thing that kept me from walking in God’s plan.
The absence of vision
Have you ever asked yourself: What purpose did God create me with? (Outside of having a deep relationship with him). What does he want to accomplish through me, for others?
I did not until very recently. Reaching a point of total exhaustion, and disinterest is what it took for me to let go, and let God. I pray that you won’t have to go through the same things, thus this blog (I digress…).
One day I finally sat and asked God, what does he want to do through me, instead of for me. Game changer. I did not receive my calling right away, and honestly, I’m still letting God defining it for me. There is a time for everything. Our God is a God of order. There is a time to learn, apply, execute.
But having an overall idea of what our calling is, allows us to do all things with a purpose. Before making any decision let’s ask ourselves: Does it fit into my calling? Does it pull me closer or away from it?
The point is, as a french pastor mentioned (Jeremie Soudril): Am I trying to fit my calling into my schedule, or the other way around.
Our vision should define our agenda. Of course, we have to work. Have we prayed for our choice? What is the first thing we do in the morning? Do we invite Jesus and the Holy Spirit in every decision we make?
If you have not, don’t feel guilty. We’re in the same boat. Until very recently, it wasn’t even a thought that God could be interested in what field I would work in for instance.
Jeremiah 10:1-3 exhorts us to not follow ways of this world. In other words, just because our generation measures success by the amount of money we make, it doesn’t mean we should. God created every single one of us with specific gifts. Whether it is through art (musicians), a listening ear (therapists) or a gift for teaching. We all have something to offer, even if the gift you have is despised by the world we live in.
The first questions we should ask ourselves before getting involved in a project is: What are my motives, are they approved by God? When and how should I operate?
Asking ourselves the right questions can help free our agenda filled with things God is not approving of. Therefore focusing our energy on activities that nourish our vision. I invite you to take a moment and do this exercise.