The “P” strikes me down again!
I know. I should do it.
I am completely aware the pile in the middle of the floor needs to be cleared away. But I don’t. I will do it later. When I feel like it. When the urge strikes me so that I can’t help myself.
Foolish thinking on my part.
My dilemma. I’ve lived this way my whole life.
My problem is the one pile grows into a bigger pile and soon I have piles everywhere.
It’s called that “P” word. The word that no one wants to admit they have. Oh, and it can be contagious, especially if more than one of you have it in your family.
The craft room cycle continues.
I have a craft room that is usually the throw-all room. Don’t know where to put it, shove it in mom’s craft room. Anything that doesn’t’ have it’s own place, the craft room it goes.
The craft room cycle goes on and on, never ending, always trying to find it’s own place, but never measuring up.
Christmas comes and goes, and wrapping paper is strewn across the floor, cluttering the countertops. Valentines finds tiny hearts stuck in corners I never knew existed. Easter boasts candy wrappers, misplaced chocolate eggs and the never-ending confetti grass. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and celebration parties add to the growing heaps.
By the time 4th of July arrives, we are too busy enjoying the sun and who wants to clean a craft room anyways? Before we know it, it’s fall and I witness the disaster of my life. My craft room. My getaway. My peacefulness. My space. It’s nothing but.
Chaos surrounds me. My heart sinks every time I enter the doors and try to push through.
“P” is procrastination.
It’s what gets me into trouble every time.
My need to shove so many activities in not enough time doesn’t allow me the luxury of putting items back. My problem. But it affects those around me too.
Allow pruning into my chaos.
I’ve been thinking a lot about pruning lately. Maybe because I read a book where the main character prunes his vines to produce quality wine. Maybe because the guest pastor today spoke about “Foliage or Fruit?” Pruning has been swirling around in my head as I look at my own life, my chaos around me that is unavoidable and often monumental.
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (Colossians 1:9-11 NIV)
My procrastination dilemma keeps me from experiencing the kind of life God would love for me to have. Joy. Peace. Bearing fruit. Living a life worthy. Pleasing God in every way. Strength. Endurance. Patience.
When I allow the piles in my life to build and build to an eruption that cannot be ignored, how is God pleased? How am I living a life worthy of God?
When I pile it all on, and never take away, am I pleasing to Him?
- The piles in my craft room keep me from doing what really should be done. Being creative.
- The piles in my life keep me from doing what God has called me to.
- The piles in my heart keep me from experiencing God in a supernatural way and find my ultimate pleasure in Him.
Put away my distractions.
I look and try to scope out the fruit. I see something useful here and there. A project started, but not yet finished. Books lying on my table, unread and unfinished. Memoirs to read and study that lay bare with dust. Notes of my “to do” list and not much crossed off.
I realized my life needed pruning. For me to focus on God I need to put away the distractions that are getting in the way.
And so I did.
I took Procrastination by the “P” and threw him to the curb.
I spent the last week cleaning and organizing my craft room. It not only looks clean and organized, it really is! My closet has not been this neat since my daughter and her husband moved out about 3 years ago. Amazing! The space I discovered. The ease I now move around in without the guilt tripping me up.
My task is complete. And now I can move on and create. My laptop is ready, my desk is clear and my vision is focused. For the first time. I’m pretty sure.
I believe I am pleasing to God who designed me to be creative with objects and with my words.
And now with my newfound freedom, I can write unhindered. I can start bearing fruit in my work efforts. I can live a life worthy of God. I can now be strengthened in His power and lean into Him for the words He wants me to write. His words. And then He will give me the endurance I need to run this race and the patience to persevere and not give up.
I most likely will struggle with procrastination until God ushers me into heaven and I can sigh with relief. But I sure do like it when the procrastination bully takes a back seat and eventually there’s no space for him in this room!
He’s now moved over to our home office. A task yet to be completed.
Do you need some pruning done? Usually we think of cleaning out in the spring, but now is a perfect time. Too much time watching television? Too much time on the internet? Is there something in your life that you know you need to take away but it’s scary?
What about in your heart? What are you thinking that is hurtful, spiteful or just plain unnecessary?
Father may You be the one to prune whatever needs to be cut down in our lives. May we hear Your Sprit whisper, the wrong attitude, the rash words, the rising of the eyebrow is not pleasing to You. May my craft room and all our rooms, not only in our homes, but in our hearts, be open to Your pruning so we can then please You, bear good fruit and experience Your power and strength as we do Your will.
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