John 9:4 "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."
According to Dictionary.com, procrastination is the act or habit of procrastinating. Merriam-Webster defines the word procrastinate as “to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.”
Many of us are guilty of procrastination. We know that God has called us to do His work; yet, we delay doing it because we think we can do it later. You are not promised another day. What if you do not get another chance to do that which He requires of you? What will you tell Him at The Gate? The above referenced scripture says that the work must be done while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work. There is an expiration for the offer of salvation – it expires when you do!
There is a mid-18th century proverbial saying that “procrastination is the thief of time”. This is true. However, at worst, it can be a thief of your soul. Do not delay getting your life in order any longer. God has work for you to do! What are you waiting for???!!!
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
You are precious in the eyes of God. Once you know your worth, you will not allow anyone to take advantage of you. You will understand that you set the tone for how people treat you.
Understanding your worth will keep you from making people a priority that can only make you an option.
It is good to have self-esteem so that you don't end up with an inferiority complex. However, some Christians are guilty of having a superiority complex. They feel that they are better than the lost because they have chosen the more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31). However, my mother always told me: "Although no one is better than you, you are no better than anyone else."
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
He loved THE WORLD - not just you! So, don't get it twisted. You were to die for - but so was everyone else!
Pain and Suffering
It is really odd that when you Google the word ‘pain’, the physical pain is what initially appears. According to Wikipedia, it is an unpleasant feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. That is so true. Although that definition refers to physical pain [because it is followed by examples of stubbing a toe, getting cut with a knife, etc.], it is true of mental pain as well.
Wikipedia also suggests that, in order to get the meaning of pain other than physical pain, one should search under suffering. Suffering, it says, is an experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with the perception of harm or threat of harm in an individual.
It goes on to explain that suffering can be physical or mental, vary in frequency, intensity and duration. It is also subject to the opinion of the person that is suffering, as well as other people. It is a process that may be considered avoidable or unavoidable, useful or useless, and deserved or undeserved. It actually seems to suggest that physical pain is validated (note that examples were given that would ‘understandably’ cause pain); but, mental pain (and/or suffering) is not.
A person that is suffering may go through moments of regret and reflection:
The word ‘pain’ makes one think of sudden intensity that will soon dissipate. Suffering seems more like a process that will continue for an indeterminate amount of time. In fact, suffering was described as an experience rather than a feeling.
The pain that I felt during labor was intense, to say the least. I felt like my body was being ripped apart by the contractions. It seemed like an eternity before I was able to get an epidural. I remember that it hurt really badly; but, I cannot remember how the pain felt. People would tell me that you will forget all about the pain after you see your baby. I could not believe them before it actually happened. If anyone asked me to describe what the pain of contractions felt like on the day AFTER I had the baby, I could not tell them. I cannot tell you now….and I have had four kids!! I cannot even describe the pain of an incision after a Caesarean section….and I have had two!! I remember that it hurt, but I don’t remember the pain.
The thing about mental suffering, is that you remember BOTH. You remember the pain, and the suffering. It can be decades later, but you will remember how you felt in that moment. Sometimes, you can actually feel the pain all over again:
So, what is the answer? As a Pastor’s wife, I am supposed to tell you:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Phil 4: 8-9)
God loves you!!! He will give you Perfect Peace!!
Your worth is not determined by man. God has already established our worth in His Word.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
If God says that you are worth Him sending His ONLY Son to die for your sins, what more proof do you need? The next time someone questions your worth, tell that person, “The opinion of an irrelevant person pales in comparison to the opinion of a RELEVANT GOD. I am what God says I am!”