Have you ever noticed how incredibly hard it is to get yourself to do what you know you should do today? Gosh, we struggle with showing up as our best selves and giving our best effort.
For some of us, it’s been so long since the best version of us showed up to live a day, we don’t even know what she looks like. We have no idea what that girl would do in a day. How does that even look? For some of us, the memories of giving our best effort have become clouded with the pile of days we offered less than our best, and we hardly even remember the girl who really tried.
Who wins in this scenario? Not you! The enemy of your soul wins! The one who wants you living short of your potential and overwhelmed in your opportunities. The one who always schemes to trick you into settling for less than you could do, then invites you to the party where you feel nothing but bad about yourself.
Has he been winning? Has he stolen your days?
The truth is, most of us aren’t even putting up a fight anymore. We’re not fighting to take our days back. We’re not giving our best effort. We’re not pushing hard to live up to our greatest potential. We’ve gotten really out of touch with that girl. That life seems foreign.
Nope, instead, we battle the day from the very beginning. Oh how we fight with that alarm clock. We delay getting up and we wallow in defeat with every hit of the snooze. We are literally dismissing ourselves from opportunities. Counting ourselves out from the beginning. Denying ourselves of the chance to feel proud of who we are and how we’re living.
And eventually, it all becomes a battle. We know what we should do, but dang we don’t do it. James 4:17, “So if you know of an opportunity to do the right thing today, yet you refrain from doing it, you’re guilty of sin.” Yes, the Bible calls what we are doing SIN! Name it for what it is. Knowing what we should be doing but then not doing it becomes sin in our lives. And Jesus said in John 8:34, “Everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”
Ding, ding, ding. That’s what has happened here! The sin of not doing what you know you should do, when you know you could do it, is sin, and now that sin has you trapped as it’s slave.
Oh, Jesus, we need you to set us free! Here’s the good news, 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Let’s just come clean about this and let Jesus go to work on making us right!
We need to see the truth here. The truth of what the enemy has tricked us into by forfeiting all we could be doing with our days and settling for a mediocre existence of wasted hours. Scripture is brutally clear with this warning for us. Proverbs 6: 10-11 TPT “If you keep thinking ‘I’ll do it later’ or say to yourself, ‘I’ll sit back a while and take it easy,’ just watch how the future unfolds. By making excuse, you’ll see what it means to go without.”
And that’s precisely where many of us are. We’re going without. Without the relationships we most desire. Without the energy and health we want. Without the confidence. Without the joy. Without the growth. Without the change. And instead we’re stuck in this perpetual loop of dreading the day, dragging ourselves through the day, then regretting the day. And we do it over and over again. THAT IS NOT THE LIFE YOU WERE CREATED FOR!
What has caused this in your life? It’s the ol’ “I’ll do it later.” It’s the quest for easy. It’s the excuses you make up for yourself, then you accept them. Excuses are like a chocolate cake. You make it … then you eat it … Girl, you don’t have to make it and you certainly don’t have to eat it! Get out of the kitchen!
This life of lack and wanting is not the overflowing, full and abundant life Jesus came to give you. You’ve created this on your own. Every “I’ll do it later” has created this emptiness. Every “I just want it to be easier” has dug this hole. Every excuse has excused you. Yes, excused you from the life Jesus has offered here on Earth.
Proverbs 18:8 MSG, “Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.” Being lazy causes as much destruction as deliberate acts of harm. Over time, a house just left with no work becomes as bad as the one intentionally vandalized. Negligence destroys marriages, relationships, health, finances, careers, homes and futures. It’s the ultimate act of self-sabotage.
We’re God’s girls … we’re better than that! God is opening our eyes to see where we’ve grown lazy. His spirit right now is pinging within us saying, “you have been negligent, my girl.”
Where? Where have you been negligent? Where have you grown lazy? Where has “later” become your answer? Where has easy become your objective? Look what the enemy is slipping in and doing there! He’s vandalizing the heck out of your life! He’s ruining what God has offered. Are you going to let that continue?
Here’s our solution. Plain and simple. Proverbs 6:4 TPT, “Don’t put it off, and don’t rest until you get it done. Rescue yourself from future pain and be free from it once and for all. You’ll be so relieved that you did!”
Girl, you will be soooooo glad you decided today is the day! Today is the day you show up with your best effort and your hardest work. Today is the day you do what you’ve been putting off. Today is the day you get it done.
You could. Will you? Or will the enemy win this battle and keep you selling out for later and seeking easy? You are not a “Later” kind of girl. I know this much, I can’t be trusted with “later”. If I say I’ll do it later, it’s as good as not done and not happening. Are you the same? And easy? Wow, easy has created a whole lot of damage in my life. Easy has dug some deep holes where I’ve spent a lot of time stuck. And my mama told me I’m not easy! Girl, you’re not designed for easy. You’re made for hard stuff! You grow in the struggle. You get stronger in the resistance. You thrive in the grit and the push.
Not tomorrow. Today!
Tomorrow is the devil’s day, but today is God’s. Satan gives absolutely zero care to what you say you will do tomorrow. Your plans can be grand and holy and absolutely life altering, and Satan will not attack as long as they are determined to be done tomorrow. But today … today is God’s day. Today’s commitments, today’s actions, today’s decision to do what is right … that’s where the power is. That’s also where the battle happens.
And you feel it right now. Just when your spirit moves to say, “Yes, I should do it today,” there’s a resistance that says, “No, not today. Later. Tomorrow. Go easy today.” Take a whiff of that and do the smell check to see where that is coming from. Smells like hell to me! Girl, all this delaying and all these excuses are coming from the pits of hell!
Yes, today is under attack. It always has been. But you, my sister, you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Show up and win this day!