How would you answer that question? If you actually sit back and meditate on those things you know God has called you to do or that you have always desired to do, what would be your honest answer? Now, while I fully do not expect a response in the comments below, my hope is that you would truly take inventory of where you are today in your life and just be honest with yourself.
For me, it was something that the Holy Spirit asked me just the other day. You see, I have been moving at a snail’s pace on a few new business ideas, for no good reason actually. While, I’ve made headway in some areas, there are other areas where I seem to move much more slowly. One may say, “fear of success” is holding me back, but I’m not quite sure if that’s exactly true in my case. It all depends on what one may define as “success”.
I can honestly say a big part of my delay is not managing the time I have been given (btw, we’ve all been given the same 24hrs). I’m learning to remove the words “I just didn’t have time to…” from my vocabulary. It is simply not true. Everyone is given the same 24hrs and it’s how we utilize that time is what really counts. Like many people, I have a planner and I even took it a step further and outlined my goals for 2017 before 2016 ended. Now it is time to execute and I drag my feet, simply because my time is not planned nor properly managed.
Granted, things do come up in our life that is unexpected that we must deal with. I am not suggesting that just because we write up a plan for the year, much less for the week, it supposed to work out exactly how we wrote it down. However, what I am suggesting is that better preparation and planning leads to better execution period. I was good for a very long time at planning my upcoming week on a Saturday, but somehow I allowed myself to do this on a Monday. Does that make sense, absolutely not. In my case, I still have a 9 to 5 client, so my work week starts on a Monday, so why spend part of that day even if it’s for 1 hour writing out plans for the entire week? I’m taking away 1 hour to do something during a time when I could be more productive. For those of you whose workweek starts on a different day or at a different time, think about that. Why utilize time that you could be actually executing to plan out your week, instead of just being proactive and planning in advance.
So, the AH-HA moment hit me the other day, if I continue down this road of not properly managing my time, that translates into:
Not fulfilling God’s purpose and plan He has for my life;
Denying someone out there from receiving what it is they need from me because God has assigned me to deliver that thing to that person (it’s not about me);
Delaying my own blessings and breakthroughs.
As long as I not properly plan and allow myself to get easily distracted, the Devil is no more concerned about me than he is about those that are out here doing what it is he wants them to do! Yes, I pray, I journal and there are things I do execute, but not to the level I know that I have already been equipped to do. If I don’t do it, someone else will because whatever God said will be done, it will get done!
“Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’” – Ezekiel 12:28, NIV