As we trek closer and closer towards summer, I lose more and more motivation for anything work-related whatsoever (lol oops). I basically came into this semester saying, "the year's almost over anyway, who cares at this point?" TBH, my life recently has pretty much been watching Netflix in bed and eating cheese puffs............... but I mean, that's not THAT pathetic right?
Another thing I've become really good at is making excuses. The more and more I continue to try and find excuses for procrastinating, the more I glorify myself and my abilities.
"Oh, I totally know how to do this, I don't need to study."
"I can probably cram that in tomorrow morning, right?"
"She never even takes up homework, she won't check."
I keep trying to convince myself that I have the skills to get out of my responsibilities but in reality, none of what I do is me at all, it's all God. What I think we often forget, is that none of our skills or talents are ours, all the credit goes to Christ, who made us who we are and gave us the gifts that we have (1 Corinthians 4:7).
Even though its sometimes SO incredibly hard to get the motivation to do work, we have to stop and reflect on God's awesomeness. Whether we're working or not, He is ALWAYS working for our good; so how can we sit and let everything He's given us rot? What do we accomplish by sitting on our butts all day and giving up? Instead, we can praise and glorify God by utilizing the awesome gifts He gives to us. The potential we have when we give our lives to God is literally limitless. Whether it be a natural knack for academics, music, fashion, etc, God's continual work in our lives is SO overwhelming that it's such a waste to not hone in on it. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Here's an example that one of my mentors, Tommy, who's a youth pastor like Howard, gave:
Tommy's dad was always a really stoic kind of guy; in other words, he was the type who never really showed a whole lot of emotion. But one day, Tommy's younger sister fell into a pool and nobody realized it until they found her lying at the bottom. As soon as they saw her, a guy jumped into the pool, pulled her out, and pretty much saved her life. When her dad found her, he started sobbing and clutching the boy who saved her and thanking him over and over again. From that moment on, every time Tommy's dad and the boy were in a conversation together, he told that story and absolutely adored him.
If somebody had saved your life, would you be really casual about it and just go about our business? Heck no. It's the same situation with God; even though none of us are even close to worthy of Him, He is constantly chasing after us and pursuing us. If we just take a few seconds every day to think about how many gifts and opportunities God has offered to us, it'd be impossible to not want to use them to glorify Him.
Now I'm not saying it's a good idea to bust our butts and get super stressed and be workaholics because I've been guilty of that as well, and it sucks. I think one of the reasons we're so prone to avoiding work in the first place is because we feel like we have to do it alone, which is the opposite of true. Just because we dedicate our lives to working for God's kingdom, doesn't mean we have to put all the stress on our own shoulders. Whether we're working or not, God's always working for our own good. We don't have to kid ourselves and think that we have to/that we're even capable of doing all our work alone; all we can do is do our best and let God take care of the rest. (2 Corinthians 8:12)
God's got your back, just stay on the grind and He'll take care of the rest; sleep easy, fam.
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
- All our abilities are gifts from God and we should constantly be striving to utilize them and glorify Him.
- We don't have to handle all the stress alone. God is always working alongside us and our best is all that we can do; let Him handle the rest.
1 Corinthians 4:7
For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?
1 Corinthians 15:58
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
2 Corinthians 8:12
Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.