We procrastinators tend to avoid making choices. Or we might be stuck waffling between choices. When Joshua said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve,” he prodded his people toward decision.
He prompted them to decide who would be their god, the one they would worship and obey, the one whose ways they would follow.
Joshua made his choice clear. “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” That was settled.
Did that mean Joshua and his family always agreed with or wanted what God directed? Surely not. They were human like us. The living out of Joshua’s choice meant that daily, even moment by moment, he and his family would have this settled decision to guide them. They still had to walk it out.
Last week I shared about my choosing against God even though I have committed my life to Him. (Read “Choosing Against God,” – November 3) What helps me be faithful to choose Him in the moment and overcome procrastination?
In a sense, it helps me not to think!
That’s true. If I know the right thing to do, I cannot let my thoughts go elsewhere. My own thoughts can lead me astray.
Eve knew what was right, but she allowed herself to think about the appeal of forbidden fruit. If I think about the appeal of another choice, it’s trouble. “But cherry pie is my favorite.” Don’t think; say, “No, thank you.” “It feels so good to lie in this warm bed.” Don’t think; get up!
Years ago I commented that I didn’t understand why a particular situation bothered some people. A wiser, older lady responded, “That’s because you’ve decided. You know what you are going to do. People who haven’t decided struggle.”
Honestly, it’s not always that simple for me. Still, I struggle less in the moment when I do not think about the appeal of another choice. In the moment, I can be diligent and choose to serve the Lord I said I would. I can walk out the decision I made.
This week, please tell us, what helps you be faithful?