Mission Possible – Matthew 19:26 – with God all things are possible!!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it Dream Team, is to use the next few days to identify and conquer the things in your life that make success seem imPossible.
Enemy #4: Me
Let’s face it, sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Maybe we don’t have concerns with doubts, or fear, or comparing ourselves to others. Sometimes, the difference between imPossible and Possible is us. Our failure to plan, or inconsistency, or the choices we make to put something off until tomorrow can be devastating. I’m not talking about downtime. Every leader should schedule time for herself, and time for her family. I’m talking about what you do when you you’re supposed to be doing something. Let’s say from 7-8 pm, you should be making customer calls. Instead, you’re zoned out in
front of the tv. Or maybe playing an exciting game of Words with Friends. Maybe you’re on Facebook. Or maybe you don’t really feel like doing those booking calls, or party prep, so you do some actual work on project B, which isn’t really due for another couple days. But it’s okay, right, because Project B still needs to be done. Right? Or have you just set yourself up for failure by not doing what you should?
We can procrastinate or put off what should be done, or “do the wrong thing” in many ways. Maybe it’s in our business. Maybe it’s in our fellowship with God. Maybe it’s knowing God as our personal savior to begin with. Did you resolve to read through the Bible this year, and stop somewhere around Genesis 5? Maybe it’s with our kids – have you ever said “in a minute” and that minute never came? Maybe you promised them “tomorrow”? Did “tomorrow” ever come? Sometimes procrastination stems from laziness. Know that God favors your hard work (Proverbs 12:24; 13:4) and warns against laziness (Proverbs 15:19; 18:9).
Sometimes it comes from having too much on our plate. Whether it’s laziness, busyness or just choosing to do something other than what we should, the problem is us. Take Mary and Martha for example. Luke 10:38-42 says: “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha had good intentions. People needed to be served, food needed to be dispersed, the cleaning needed to be done. Martha felt like what she needed to do was important. And yes, her job was important too, but complaining didn’t solve the problem. Jesus told her in no uncertain terms to do what is important for the moment, to savor life, and not just do the busywork.
There are women out there whose lives need a change. Whether it’s through 31, through the friendships they will make, through the new strongholds in their life, through the prayer warriors interwoven throughout 31, or maybe even to catch a glimpse of a God they may never have heard about through our home-grown faith-based company. Maybe we are the key to that change, and holding off on doing our own work may affect theirs as well. Our job today is simply to persevere, to press on (Philippians 3:13-14), to share our business with them, as well as our faith. Our job is in fact, to run the race completely. To give our very best, and to not give up today, without worrying about what tomorrow has, knowing that God can handle every problem we have. Matthew 6:34 tells us “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” For ourselves, for our families, and for our teams, we must work hard and press on about the tasks we have been given.
What is that one thing in your life that you put off doing? If you could ask your husband and children the same question about you, what would they say? And lastly, if you could ask God that same question about you, what would He say? Look with fresh eyes to see how God can give you the strength to conquer it, and how God can help you make better use of your life to make the impossible POSSIBLE!