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The Gospel is the Cure for Dream-Killing Procrastination

Procrastination takes many forms.

Sometimes it’s surfing the internet to avoid an unpleasant task. Sometimes it’s taking care of a bunch of unimportant things to delay a difficult one.

But there’s a particularly insidious type of procrastination – one that keeps us treading water in the status quo instead of being ambitious with our lives. Rather than tackling projects for the glory of God, we delay action and merely daydream about the way things could be.

God-given dreams planted in our hearts aren’t nourished. Ministries aren’t established. Businesses don’t get started.

And amazingly, remembering the gospel is the cure.

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Don’t Waste Your Life: Time Stewardship Is for Everyone

When I tell people that I write a blog on time management from a Christian perspective, 99% of them have the same response. They’re nice on the surface, but I know they’re thinking to themselves that Life of a Steward seems a little too narrowly focused.

They have a vision in their mind about what productivity entails – filing Email, organizing your workspace, and planning out your days. It seems a little uptight, and they never really get interested.

To them, time stewardship seems nitpicky. It seems like something for tightly wound people who love neatness and organization. Sure, it can be fine for some people – but it’s not up their alley.

If that describes your thoughts – I want to change your mind.

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Biblical Worldview Discipline

Review: Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Life of a Steward rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Convicting, clarifying, and inspiring: a must-read for Christians who want to make their lives matter in a God-honoring way.

Rescuing Ambition

Ambition.

I’m sure just reading that word conjures up a host of mental images – all of them negative. Power-hungry politicians. Workaholic executives climbing the corporate ladder no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Yet within each of us is the desire to do something with our life that truly matters. This doesn’t seem like it should be a bad thing (is it?) – but we just don’t feel comfortable with this yearning.

Dave Harvey addresses and corrects this awkward confusion in Rescuing Ambition. He places our quest for glory in a biblical context – showing the sinfulness of ambition that seeks our glory and the righteousness of ambition that seeks God’s glory.

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Be Strong and Courageous!

Obeying the call of God in my life was both inspiring and at the same time frightening.

I felt led to be an entrepreneur. My interests, skills, aspirations, and personality pointed towards owning and running my own business. Others that I knew encouraged me. Deep down, I knew the path that God had laid before me.

But still – part of me was afraid. The risk of failure was intimidating. I struggled with wanting to just “sell out” and take a comfy, safe job in the workforce somewhere.

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Have You Made an Idol out of Comfort?

When the Corinthian church questioned Paul’s authority, he gives them a glimpse into the life of an apostle. It’s not exactly a glowing endorsement.

He was whipped, beaten, and stoned. He was on frequent journeys, shipwrecked three times, and encountered constant danger everywhere he turned. And at the end of this long list of life-threatening situations, he adds that he was “in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night…” (2 Corinthians 11:27).

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6 Steps to Killing Sin in Time Stewardship

It’s crucial that we stare at our time stewardship shortcomings and call them what they are: sins. But recognizing and naming our sin is only half the battle. Now we seek to put our sins to death (Romans 8:13).

Desiring God’s website has uploaded a recent seminar from John Piper. In it, he shares some insight he gained as he took a good, hard look at his own sin. He speaks on the importance of acting in the power of the Spirit to defeat our sin – not passively sitting back and expecting the Spirit to spontaneously eliminate each and every sin from our hearts and lives.

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Biblical Worldview Discipline

The Little-Itty-Bitty Sin of Wasting Time

I had some work projects I knew I should be focusing on, but I was procrastinating. “An internet game for a few minutes and then I’ll get back to work – honest.”

Deep down I knew it was wrong – the Christlike thing would have been to suck it up and get down to business. Certainly not idling my time away on some game.

But oh well. It’s not like it’s a big deal…right?

Right?

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Discipline

The Real Reason for Poor Stewardship

“If only I could figure out a good system to get organized, then I could finally move towards being a good steward of my time…”
“I’m not really managing my time well right now – but as soon as I get out of this rough patch in my life…”
“I’m going to start taking my time seriously…starting soon, real soon…really…”

Sound familiar?

It does to me. I’m pretty good at finding reasons to justify my complacency.

Like take this morning. I overslept. And in my fleshly mind, I had a good reason! I have a 5-month old baby that has a real set of lungs on him when he gets crying. But when I woke up naturally at 6 AM, I knew I should get out of bed – I just ignored my conscience and hit my pillow again.

Maybe you think you’ve got your own reasons for struggling with being a good steward. You don’t have a good system. Now is not a good time. You don’t know enough.

But Jesus tells us what the real reason is.

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Don’t Forget the Power of Small Changes

A few years ago, I was watching a documentary about the science behind Lance Armstrong and his cycling gear. Through analysis in a wind tunnel, Armstrong’s team was able to make minor tweaks to his uniform and positioning in order to drastically improve his performance.

Just by changing his helmet (which was already top of the line), they estimated they improved his time by 23 seconds. Sit back and watch 23 seconds go by on the clock – that incredible difference was made by just tweaking his helmet!

It was one small change – but over miles and miles, it had a great effect.

Small changes add up. But yet, we so often neglect this concept.

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Discipline

Know When to Be on Guard

One of the greatest assets you can develop in time stewardship is taking a good, hard, realistic look at yourself. Be aware of your general strengths and weaknesses, but also be attentive to the small details.

For instance: Know when to be on guard.

A struggling alcoholic knows to be on guard when he drives past a bar he used to frequent. A dieter knows to be on guard at a Christmas party with loads and loads of desserts.

It’s the same for us as we focus on redeeming the time and making the most of every minute that God has entrusted to us. Know your particular weaknesses.