I’m a pressure gal. I do (or think I do) some of my best work when under the gun. Hence, I procrastinate a lot. It is a symptom of lacking self discipline.
I like to consider myself creative; that I can’t force myself to produce good work– I have to “be inspired”. And that inspiration usually comes out of the blue. When I am hyped up, I can put something out. But when I am just “ho-hum” I will sit staring at the laptop for hours… or so it seems.
I have read by MANY published authors that it takes discipline to write. One must sit at the computer with a goal in mind to write daily either so many pages or so many words. Practice. Get something out. Clear the cob webs so to speak.
I came across today’s passage in 2 other blogs this morning. It caught my attention because of the wording; however, I found another version I wanted to share. The verse that caught my attention is verse 12. I backed it up a few verses to set the stage of the conversation.
Romans 6:6-14 NLT
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. (That is pretty much a sentence to sum them all up) 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
So what is your sinful desire today? Mine? Mine is procrastination: as in idleness. There is no “good” reason for it. It is my day off…but so what? I have a list of things I want to do. If I sleep the day away none will get done.
So what? (you might be asking.)
Well- if it was a one-off occasion then it would be no big deal. Perhaps it still could be considered “no big deal” since none of what I want to do is a must-do. Nothing in the home has to get done today. They are all wants that don’t really matter to others. So why would I consider it sin?
Because my mood is low. And doing nothing, sleeping, otherwise tuning out anyway at all– will leave me in this lethargic, dull, exhausted (emotionally and mentally) state of mind. BUT doing something, and checking it off the list will add a sense of achievement to my day. I will have a sense of pride then and feel uplifted — even if just a bit.
And my mood affects my family. And your mood affects your loved ones and those around you as well.
So today, I am posting this blog for me, for my family. Selfish — maybe a bit. But I am taking the advice of regular bloggers and just getting something out there.
Maybe it will inspire me to break the plateau of non-publishing and start up again.
At least I will know I did something today. And to lift my mood just a bit is all I need.
Until Next Time~