Procrastination is such a sneaky problem. But it’s one we all deal with at time to time.
If you are joining me today after reading my devotion on Encouragement for Today, welcome!
I’m actually at She Speaks 2015 right now, and wanted to share a bit from a talk I’m giving on my new book “Taming the To-Do List.” It’s available now for pre-order and will be released next month. But if you purchase the book from Proverbs 31 Ministries, we’re giving away a PDF of 5 Habits of a Woman Who Gets Things Done so you can get a jump start on dealing with procrastination.
In my talk later today, I’ll be addressing the resistance we have when faced with a task we put off. It’s so important that we take time for introspection on why we procrastinate. Since I’m talking to writers, (and we can be bad procrastinators for some reason) my references are to that resistance. Here’s a bit of what I’ll share today:
When you get to the root of your resistance, most of the time you are going to find a lie.
Because a writer loves words, the lies we believe in our heads are particularly eloquent and grammatically correct. And quite convincing.
And the lies writers believe keep us from actually writing.
But not writing for a woman called to write is disobedience. I know because I sat in a place of disobedience for a long time.
And that was exactly where Satan wanted me to be. Lies are the devil’s main ways he gets us to disobey God. Usually his lies have a small amount of truth in them so it sounds right to our ears. Just here’s what Jesus said about the source of lies talking to the Jews who didn’t believe Him:
John 8:44, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Yet in that same passage of Scripture, we have the antidote to the lies. And that’s the truth. John 8:31-32, “Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”
What truth sets us free? The truth we know.
Truth stored in a book on our shelves has no power. Truth read and believed has the power to set you free from everything that holds you back as a writer.
In my talk, I’ll be going in to some of the lies writers believe. But what have you put off that is in your best interest to do? What lies do you believe? If you can uncover the lie and replace it with truth, you’ll start to address the underlying reasons why you procrastinate.
With God’s help it is possible to do His will, even when it’s hard.