Thursday, October 13, 2011

If You Want To Make an Easy Job Seem Hard, Just Keep Putting Off Doing It

When Beth's boss asked her to take on an extra project, Beth saw the opportunity to prove she could handle greater responsibility.  She immediately began to think how she might approach the task and her enthusiasm ran high.  But when the time came to start the project, Beth found herself telling her boss she was too busy to do the job justice.  The project was given to someone else, who earned a promotion for completing it successfully.  Beth didn't receive any new opportunities and eventually took a position with another firm.

What had kept Beth from doing the project?  Simple procrastination.  She put off getting started on the project until she was paralyzed with fear--fear that she might not be able to do the job or that her performance would not meet her boss' expectation.  In the end, Beth didn't move ahead and thus reinforced her fears with a bigger sense of insecurity about her own ability.

If you find yourself procrastinating, ask God to show you how to overcome your fear, then do what He says.  He wants you to succeed and live a fulfilled life, but you must step out in faith for Him to bless you.

How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you?
Joshua 18:3

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