I don’t feel like __________. I don’t want to _________. You can fill in the blanks with whatever it is that you need to do at the time. When we need to do something that we do not want to do those are the words that tend to come to our mind. We think about what it is that we need to do and how we do not want to do it. By thinking those kind of thoughts we are making it harder and more miserable for ourselves. We are bringing negative emotions to the situation by thinking that way. And if we sit there and think those thoughts for any amount of time we will find ourselves still sitting there an hour later and the task still needs to be done. Then, if your anything like me, you start to think bad thoughts about yourself. It opens the door for the enemy to tell you that you are lazy, not responsible, or a number of things.
Our thoughts can either encourage us or they can discourage us. They will be followed by either a positive or negative emotion, depending on the thought. Then that emotion will lead to action. So if we think about how we do not want to do something it will be followed by a negative emotion such as dread or gloom. And those emotions will cause us to procrastinate or not do anything at all. Then we may start thinking bad thoughts about ourselves which will make us feel bad about ourselves. You see the vicious cycle happening here?
But we can do whatever it is that we need to do because we have the power of Jesus within us. We can choose to get up and do whatever we need to do as soon as the thought of needing to do it. We can choose to just do it without any thought or emotion attached to it. If we choose to just start doing it and focus our mind on something good we can actually enjoy doing the task. Then once it is accomplished you will feel better about yourself because you chose to get it done instead of sitting there and doing nothing. You can even build up your confidence by doing it.
My encouragement to you today is to just do it. Soon as you know that you need to do something choose to get it done before your feelings get a chance to have a say in the matter. Don’t open the door for the enemy to talk lies into your head. You can do whatever it is that you need to do and feel good while your doing it.