By Keshia Smith
April 12, 2012
We have all done it. We woke up in the morning with a huge list of things we are planning to get done that day, places we are going to go and people we are going to meet. Then we turn on the TV to check the weather, and get dragged into watching a pointless show. We say we are getting on the internet to check our e-mail and find ourselves browsing for a little too long. Magically, half of our day is gone.
Or, maybe we have gotten into a rut.. and lost our passion for the things that were once important to us. We stop caring about anything other than going from one day to the next without any long term goals and specific plan to achieve them.
Two major things that keep us from achieving our potential are laziness and fear. The Bible has a lot to say about both of these vices.
It is very easy to be lazy in the 21 century because we have so many ways to keep ourselves entertained while doing nothing. Being lazy is hardly boring anymore. We have cell phones, computers, and televisions. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, if they cause us to get distracted to the point of idleness they become a problem. Colossians 3:23 says we should work heartily at whatever we are doing, as if we are working for the Lord and not for man. God doesn’t only care about the “spiritual” things we do, but the way we spend our daily lives. God has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and it is hard to live it out (or even know what it might be) if we are constantly distracting ourselves.
Along with laziness, fear can make it easy for us to stay idle. The phrase “Do Not Fear” and “Fear Not” are in the bible 365 times. That’s enough for every day of the year. God obviously knows that we humans are prone to fear but, He promises that His love has got us covered.
1 John 4:18 says: There is no fear in love, for perfect love cast out fear. By growing closer to God and experiencing His love, we will gain the ability to not be immobilized by fear.
God wants us to shape our life in ways that are in accordance with His will. If you are not 100% sure what God’s will is, that is not an excuse to be idle. We should make plans, but not hold on to them so tightly that we get upset when they fall through. The Bible says that many of a man’s plans will fail, but it is God’s will that will prevail. (Proverbs 19:21)
Waiting is not about putting your life on hold. God wants us to wait on Him and trust in His plan and purpose, but that doesn’t mean God wants us to be idle. A Christian waits on God much like a waiter at a restaurant waits on a table… ready, attentive, standing by with energy and purpose. A Christian serves others while they wait and continues trying to grow personally as they wait on God. And when God tells you to move, a Christian pushes laziness and fear aside and moves.
1) Start off your day with God, be it talking to God for a set amount of time each morning or spending time reading His word. This can be as little as five or ten minuets each morning. I know you think you need those extra 10 minutes of sleep, but this will allow you to start your day in a much more positive mindset, focusing on the Lord.
2) Micro-manage your schedule: make a to-do list of the things you want to accomplish that day in order to stay focused throughout your day.
3) Goal planning is key. Make a list of attainable long term and short terms goals that you will be able to stick to, and check off one at a time.
I am writing to myself as much as anyone, and I know that none of this happens overnight. Habits can be hard to break, but God can help us break them if we allow Him to!
Stay productive and keep moving forward in life, while trusting that God’s plan will ultimately prevail!
Contributing Writer, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Keshia Smith is a student at Ball State University studying journalism and creative writing. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, being artsy, and attempting to recreate recipes she found online. Keshia strives to glorify Christ in all that she does.