Dare to live now is a message that I recently received in church. Pastor Rick Godwin of Summit Christian Center in San Antonio, Texas has a way of speaking directly to my heart. I took my notes as usual and wanted to share his powerful words with you!
According to Pastor Rick, the most dangerous word in our language is "someday".
Someday is a day of the week that never comes and the thought of it robs you from living right now.
Today is the only day you've got so you must take control and live it bold. In order to feel liberated, sometimes you just have to go for it!
You only have this moment and Pastor Rick suggests that all moments are key moments, but it is procrastination that holds us back.
Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. A failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." -James 4:17
So, why do we procrastinate when we know the cost is so high?
Here are 5 reasons why:
- The perfectionist- this person puts it off because they won't take on the task until it's perfect or until they find the perfect time.
- The dreamer- someone who wants life to be easy and pleasant.
- The crisis maker- they don't get motivated until they are up to their neck in a crisis. They get a rush under pressure.
- The defier- a rebel who wants to disobey the rules. Procrastination is how they assert their independence.
- The overcommitted- a person who takes on too much. They are overloaded and unwilling to establish priorities.
Most of us fall under one of those categories, but as we get older we have less time to waste and we need to prioritize what's important. In order to eliminate procrastination, we must rewire ourselves.
How can we change?
- Decide you want to stop. Make no excuses and have zero tolerance for procrastination. It's strictly a choice.
- Commit to action. In order to break the culture of delay, you can take immediate action and start now.
- Ruthlessly prioritize your life. Be aware that not everything is of equal value and make a decision from your heart.
What are your values? Set the tone for them and make that your primary focus.
"An unfocused life is always an unproductive life"
You must understand that no one is going to do it for you and life on earth is short and temporary. Unfortunately, we are not bulletproof so we should not waste our days, but use them wisely instead.
I challenge you to drop the word someday and focus on what matters most which is right now.
Here's a little tip to get you going- try waking up and knocking out the hardest task first. It will make the rest of the day feel like a breeze. And take Pastor Rick's advice- start where you are with what you have now and know God will bring you a bright future.