Did you know we can make excuses to stay away from what God has put in our hearts to do? We avoid doing what we know we are to be doing. Why do we do this?
Our answers might vary, but I am certain fear would be in the top three answers and then lies, such as, I can’t, I am not good enough, it’s too hard, or I don’t know how. But, the thing is, if it’s God’s will for us, we’re to be about doing it. I doubt the call, the pull, the tug, on your heart is going to go away. I know. Mine never did.
So this is how I can avoid or self-sabotage what God has called me to do. My office contains a couple of tall and very full bookshelves. Books are my tools and my love. If you go to Pinterest you can see a part of my library there. https://www.pinterest.com/darlenealarson/ Feel free to follow my boards on Pinterest.
Plus, one of my raw strengths is that I’m a learner. I love to chew on something new each day. Matter of fact I can tell when I have not learned. So the way I can stop writing, is to read. Yep, so easy for me to do. And reading is good for me and for you.
I think I am currently reading 10 books. I have them in every room of the house. Now, do you see how easy it would be for me to say, I think I need to go read one more book today, therefore, I just do not have time to write.
And then a coach friend of mine mentioned this one book. I thought it sounded interesting, so I ordered it and I began to read it. I had no joy reading it. It didn’t thrill me. Matter of fact it did not even move me. And I have never finished that book. I know what was going on.
I felt very uncomfortable. God was convicting me…stop your reading and get writing. Your books are not going to get written if you just keep picking up books. So since that time I have really paid attention to when I read. And I must say my reading has slowed way down. And now I miss writing if I don’t get to it each day.
So what is it you avoid and yet you feel called to do? ________________________________
What do you do instead? ______________________________________________________
How can you step towards what you know you are to do…just a baby step.
I will begin ____________________________________
I will tell (someone) my goal __________________________.
By this time (date) I will have this much done or have attempted this______________________________________________.