God is BIGGER Than … Your Procrastination.

Karen Tripp MS Blog                  Speaker, Counselor, Author

I am constantly amazed at my “to-do” list.  Just as I scratch off two items, 10 more appear. But procrastination is not as much about what you have left to do as how much you have left undone.  It seems that just as I see the end of a project in sight, some road block jumps up and steers me away from my goal.  So lately, instead of focusing on my “to-do” list, I’ve been looking at my “almost done” list.  Here’s the way my almost done list is looking these days:

1. My daughter’s bedroom is almost redecorated.

2. My office is almost organized. 

3. My website is almost the way I want it.

4. Even this devotional is almost done- but not quite.

Sometimes the frustration of not completing a project can really get to me.  I really hate having things incomplete.

 But then I found this verse, Philippians 1:6, which changed my attitude about my list of incomplete projects.   In this verse, the apostle Paul says “that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Did you hear that? Jesus began a good work in you but he’s not done with you yet!  It’s like you and I are on Jesus’ project list.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like a pretty big project.  Jesus is working to clean up all of the incompleteness in my life from my procrastination to my fretfulness to even that ugly old bitterness I can’t seem to shake.  But as huge of a project each of us may seem, let me assure you- Christ is an excellent project manager; He has everything under control. 

 If you’re like me, you might be wondering how does Jesus complete people?  It seems to me that Jesus can use anything from prayer and Bible study, to getting your oil change or going for a walk.  Of course Jesus also uses times of hardship when you can almost feel God’s hands shaping and molding you.  If you think about it, you can probably look back over the last week, month or year and see the work of Christ in your life completing you.

 So if Jesus is busy completing us, what are we suppose to do?  Completion is less about what we do and more about who we focus on.  You need to not focus on the things you have to complete but focus instead on what God is trying to complete in you.  Did you catch that? Rather than focusing on what task, chore or ministry you have to complete, focus on what Christ has to complete within you.

 It’s OK if you have a list of things that are “almost done”.  You see God is bigger than our procrastination because the day will come when we will look upon Christ’s face and all that’s needed to be done will be done.  Not because of anything we have done but because of everything Christ has done.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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One Response to God is BIGGER Than … Your Procrastination.

  1. Bob Maessen says:

    Thanks Karen for your newsletter and blogs.
    The topic of “God is Bigger than your….Procrastination” seems to be very much like my life as well. I am constantly reminded of God’s hand in my life as I look back on activities and events, big and small. From my youth watching and observing the hardshiips of mom and dad, my older sisters and their marriages, my grandparents, failing health of loved ones, etc. There has always been some form of interruption / intervention that either has caused a stoppage of some goal or task I so desired to accomplish. As many people have experienced and know, God’s plans are not my plans and HIS time is not my time. I feel that there is a distinct difference between procrastination as perpetuated by my human desires, ambitions and decisions as opposed to the interruptions created by other people or unanticipated circumstances. As I grow older and become more mature spiritually, I recognize the enormous impact God has played and continues to play in every minute of my life. Even as I lay sleeping God never rests. HE is watching and sees that HIS plans for me are being carried out. HE never procrastinates. HIS down time is still filled with thought, compassion, wisdom, understanding and loving.

    When my parents passed away just two weeks and 1 day apart, there was a big hole left in the lives of my sisters and my family. My sisters are 16, 18 and 20 years older than myself and two of them were having their own issues with health personnaly and within their families. Because of their circumstances I chose to delay making some final decisions (our parents did have wills) on the disposal and distribution of our parents properties until my sisters were in a better position to be a part of the decision process. Despite my best intentions, things didn’t work out. The delay for them to participate created more of a burden financially, emotionally, physically for myself and family. One sister died, and my oldest sister’s husband passed away. My mother-in-law was of poor health and had several emergency trips to the hospital during this time. She also finally passed away. Looking back on all of this I can see how God sustained us. I have learned valuable lessons in all of this.

    This is just one scenario that has occurred in my life which has helped me to better understand God’s grace and love for us. I have taken to journaling or chronicaling points of my life. By reflecting on those times I am better able to understand. The key is to not dwell on the past but to learn and move forward. God wants us ever so much to move forward toward spiritual maturity, wisdom and knowledge. HE wants us to understand what is important and what will have everlasting sustanance, HIM.

    Again, thank you for enriching and blessing the lives of so many, with your insight and understanding.

    Have a blessed year.
    Humbly in Him, through Him, for Him
    Bob Maessen, Jr.

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