December 27, 2020
“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.” (Proverbs 26:15, ESV)
The year 2020 is now in our rear-view mirror. Rather than rehash what was a challenging year for the entire world, let’s look forward with a new hope and optimism and make plans for better days. I know that for some looking forward with optimism is a real challenge. Maybe it is because there are still too many things left undone from last year. Wouldn’t it be nice to start the New Year off by taking care of the items that we didn’t finish last year because we were too stressed, tired, afraid or didn’t do just because of laziness?
Now before I get very far into this you need to understand that I suffer from the very thing I’m about to talk about. Procrastination! It is amazing how many different words we use to make this word sound better. It is just a large word for goldbrick, prolong, linger, postpone, drag, or stall. To overcome my procrastination and to help myself accomplish tasks I am a list maker. The older I get it seems I must write more items on the list because my memory just seems to let go of things.
Here are some things that help me to stay on track. 1. Write a list every day. Put everything on the list that I need and want to accomplish that day. 2. Make the list while I am still fresh. If I wait until later in the day things will not get on the list because I am no longer as optimistic about my energy for the day as I was when I first got out of bed. 3. Prioritize the list and put the biggest or most urgent task at the top, then decide how much time I can give to that task today. If the task is big, I spread it over several days or weeks. 4. I don’t put all of today’s effort into a single project because I want to finish several of the smaller items on the list that will not take long to accomplish. At the end of the day seeing several of the things on the list completely done, encourages me. 6. Put the list for today where I can find it in the next morning so when I wake up, I have a good starting point for the new day.
Getting things done is not about being supper human. It has a lot to do with breaking large tasks into smaller tasks that are manageable from one day to the next. I learned this saying when I decided to return to school at age thirty, “Yard by Yard it’s too hard, Inch by Inch it’s a cinch.” Having a plan to approach life is so much better than just taking what comes, 2021 Here we come!
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4, ESV)
Thanks for listening and keep on shining.
Paper dolls, paper people that came with paper clothes and could be cut out and played with. They never were a very durable toy, but they could be printed on the back of a cereal box cheaply and kids could get a free toy to play with. What happened when two kids wanted to play with the doll? The problem with the dolls was they tore, then you ended up with half a doll. If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit we often feel torn between the spiritual and the physical world that we live in.
Scott's Thoughts, previous issues
There are things about this world that we let pull us away from the spiritual things of God. We will often find ourselves trying to walk a line between our selfish desires and the loving selfless person that God wants us to be.
James warns us about these worldly attachments in some rather strong language. “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that He jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to dwell in us? But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the LORD, and He will lift you up” (James 4:4-10).
When we try to live a middle of the road, straddle the fence type of life, we are not pleasing to God. God wants all of you: Body, Mind, and Soul. When we try to live a “double-minded” life we will only end up with a life that is torn apart.
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