I just keep thinking about how time just keeps slipping away. The days pass and I'm no where closer to where I want to be. I have all these goals and things I want to get done and accomplish but yet none of them seem to happen.
Things don't just complete themselves. Most things take: time, effort, hard work and consistency. 4 things that I have not put forth.
I have goals. Yet, I am not taking the necessary steps to reach them.
"So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin." (Romans 7:14-21, 23-25 NLT)
"Oh, Jesus hear my prayer. You have set me free from sin. I pray for conviction. That I will be sick of the power of sin in my life. I am no longer a slave to the things I do not want to do. Lord, I pray for productivity and success in all that I do. Just as you say in your Word, I am committing my actions to you so that my plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3) I want your desires and plans to be my desires and plans. I want to put off laziness and put on a new self that works enthusiastically in all that I do as though I am working for you and not for selfish desires or for man. Amen."
Some of my goals, plans, desires, and actions that I am committing to The Lord and asking for help are:
- My health -- obesity and energy level - exercise and food choices
- My finances -- paying off loans, spending less, and giving more
- Homeschooling -- better time management and being prepared
- Personal Spiritual Growth -- more time in the Word, a strong prayer life, memorizing Scripture, and serving out of love
- Serving my family and others -- not being selfish with my time & energy, being prepared, learning new things to better serve others
I do each of these things listed above... Here and there. But the execution of each of them is lacking consistency. So if I don't change that, then time will just keep passing by wasted. Without me being intentional and consistent about doing the good that I want to do then it will be like taking 2 steps forward and 2 steps back. Never making any progress on anything.
My word that I am going to be working on is CONSISTENCY.