I Run At My Goliaths!
by Steve Backlund
Read this excerpt from Victorious Mindsets about running at your Goliaths (overcoming procrastination):
“So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:48).
David’s passion was demonstrated when he ran at Goliath. He did not hesitate, but aggressively confronted the obstacle in his way. He ran at his problem and not away from it. He understood that procrastination would just make the problem bigger (and Goliath was pretty big already!).
I have a question for you: Are you running from things or to things? Those with victorious mindsets are learning to run at those things that are difficult to face. They know that procrastination drains power from life. They know that it usually won’t get easier later, so we must “bite the bullet” now and face our giants.
People who chronically procrastinate are more prone to depression because there is a constant awareness that responsibilities have not been met. This depression causes more things to go undone, which causes more depression and so on. Many would feel better (and have more strength for life) if they developed the habit of running at things that should be done.
There can be many different reasons and roots for procrastination (fear, distraction, etc). We thank God that there can be healing for all of them.
Some helpful ways to bring this healing and to move toward the fear and distraction include:
- Making lists of things that need to be done and getting in the habit of doing harder things early in the day.
- Communicating with people about things needing closure (for example, money owed, promises unfulfilled, thanks or apologies not given, etc.)
- Ask the Lord why you are procrastinating, and then get His perspective and strength to overcome it.
"There is always a solution"
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About Steve Backlund
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.