Back To School Series, Procrastination, Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursday: The Longer You Wait – The Longer It Takes

It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on December 16, 2011. Enjoy this blast from the past. Also, school has begun for most students across the world so EmpowerMoments is featuring a series entitled “Back to School.”   Read each day as our writers share stories and learned lessons from their school-related experiences.  Come and get on our EmpowerMoments school bus!

Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??”  Yes!  It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?”  In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit.  Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then.  Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments.  Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?”  My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”

I have never seen so many attitudes at one time!  “What you mean Ms. Richard?  This gonna take me all break to do this!”   I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”

Later on I was reflecting on all I have to get done.  I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts.  This is in addition to life outside of  the  Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!

Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”  Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I!  Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along.  Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday.  Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready.   Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.

Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?”  Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done.  One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.  Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do.  Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed.  Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!  There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives.  We have no time to waste! 

  1. Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
  2.  Make a list of all the things you have to do
  3.  Write down a deadline date next to each task
  4. Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
  5.  Get to work!! 

Ladies, do you have a problem with procrastination? Share your story or words of wisdom with us.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Rebuke the 7 Dwarfs

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Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Procrastination

The Longer You Wait, The Longer It Takes–The Spiritual Side

Procrastination is not just limited to natural, physical things.  Procrastination is a spirit, whose only mission is to keep us from successfully accomplishing all of our goals and realizing the destiny that God has for us.  Yes, procrastination can be natural like I discussed last week but it is also spiritual.  Spiritual procrastination is perhaps the most detrimental to the fulfillment of our destiny.

Spiritual procrastination is when we “willfully” delay confronting and/or dealing with a spiritual issue that needs to be dealt with.  For example, not tackling that pornography and masturbation issue, or not confronting the fact that you do not tithe, staying in an unfruitful friendships, and even our stubbornness and unwillingness to mend strained or broken relationships.

We have our reasons and excuses for not dealing with these issues but whatever our reasons, we must throw them AWAY because if left unchecked these issues WILL delay the destiny God has for us. The Bible tells us that, “…God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change his mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV)  Yes, God is going to fulfill every promise He made you but how long it takes depends on you!  God “…will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1st Corinthians 10:13b NIV)  This means God is not going to give you more than what you can handle. Yes, that goes for the trials in life but that also goes for the blessings as well.  Yes, you tithe but you haven’t taken steps to restore that strained relationship. Do you really think God is going to financially bless you above all you could ask or think?  What if God does bless you financially and that person comes to you needing your help and your heart is so hardened against them that you can’t be a vessel for God the way He needs you to be. NOPE!  Not gonna work!  We GOT to deal with the issue…the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!

For example, God made Abraham a promise when he was 75 years old to make him a great nation. (Genesis 12)  Abraham and Sarah were both old and Sarah had been barren her whole life and did not believe that Abraham was going to be able to impregnate her.  This issue of unbelief began to fester in Abraham’s household but Abraham did not deal with it.  Instead Abraham allowed his wife to give him her maid, Hagar.  Abraham had sex with Hagar and got her pregnant.  She gave birth to Ishmael. (Genesis 16)  This one act delayed God’s promise by 25 years! “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age…Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him…” (Genesis 21: 2,5 NIV)

Do you really want to wait another 25 years to receive what God has promised you?  DEAL WITH IT TODAY!!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your patience!  You are an all-wise God that knows everything about us and what we can and cannot handle.  Thank You for not aborting the promises that You made us.  Please forgive us for not confronting the issues that You have been pushing us to confront.  We ask that You expose who we are to us.  Reveal to us our unresolved and un-confronted issues.  Give us a sense of urgency to deal with every matter that is delaying the fulfillment of Your promises in our lives.  We praise You for all the promises You have already fulfilled and every one You have yet to.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to DEAL WITH IT!! Whatever IT is, DEAL WITH IT!!

1)      Pray and ask God to reveal to you your unresolved and un-confronted issues

2)      Make a list of them and seek God on how He would have you to confront each and every one

3)      Do what God tells you to do, WHATEVER it is!  Fast, go to the altar, go to that person and apologize, erase that person out of your phone and don’t take any of their phone calls or texts, WHATEVER it is, DO IT…Remember the longer you wait, the longer it takes!!!

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 Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Organization, Preparation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

The Longer You Wait…The Longer It Takes!

Tis the Season…for “Ms. Richard, what can I do to pass your class??”  Yes!  It’s the season of “Can I have some make up work and/or extra credit?”  In past years I have killed tons of trees and feverishly created and copied packets for students to complete over Christmas break…NOT THIS YEAR!! Instead, I used a workbook for my Constitution unit.  Back in October, I had the students purchase the workbook and have been assigning pages out of it since then.  Of course, some students did not purchase the workbook or bought it and never opened it to do any of the assignments.  Now that these students are failing or are close to failing, they want to know, “What can I do to pass?”  My response was, “Complete your workbook from cover to cover!”

I have never seen so many attitudes at one time!  “What you mean Ms. Richard?  This gonna take me all break to do this!”   I simply said, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes. If you had been doing the work all along, you wouldn’t have as much to do!”

Later on I was reflecting about all I have to get done.  I have to deep clean my house, finish shopping for the Christmas dinner I’m hosting, and go shopping for gifts.  This is in addition to life outside of the Christmas season; I need to grade and record several assignments, sit down and pay some bills, and the list goes on, and on, AND ON!!

Just then my words came back to me, “…the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”  Yes my students have an issue with procrastination but so do I!  Procrastination is “the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done,” and in some people it is a habitual way of handling any task. There was so much I could have been getting done all along.  Instead of letting my students’ papers pile up, I could have graded an assignment or two everyday.  Christmas comes at the same time EVERY year so I could have been purchasing things throughout the year and had them ready.   Oh and my house–I wouldn’t have to do such a deep clean if I had been more diligent in weekly spot cleaning.

Now my attitude was rising, “WHY???? Why did I let this stuff pile up like this?”  Because I kept telling myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow, no rush, I’ll get to it!”

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1 NIV)

So here I am coming up with a plan TODAY so I can get everything done.  One cure for procrastination is more diligence, regardless of the task. We should be supremely motivated to be diligent in our work, since we are ultimately serving the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23 ESV). If we put our hearts into our work, as this verse says to do, we will probably find it difficult to procrastinate too much.  Yes, my weekend is pretty much shot but I will take this as a lesson to NOT procrastinate because, “the longer you wait, the longer it takes…”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for giving us the ability and the strength to do all the things that we need to do.  Help us to be more diligent at getting tasks completed.  Give us wisdom to prioritize and manage our time efficiently and effectively so that we can complete every task You have laid before us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!  There is so much we have to do in order to build the kingdom of God and reach the individual destinies we have for our lives.  We have no time to waste! 

  1. Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance
  2.  Make a list of all the things you have to do
  3.  Write down a deadline date next to each task
  4. Prioritize how you will get each task done in an organized and timely fashion
  5.  Get to work!! 

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Rebuke the 7 Dwarfs

Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher.  Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery.  She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Assignment, Evangelism, Growth/Maturity, Motivation

Advocate or Performer?

While browsing through old writings, I came across an interesting assertion from one of my favorite books.  In Race Matters, Cornel West asserts:

“The black dress suits with white shirts worn by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., signified the seriousness of their deep commitment to black freedom …What stood out most strikingly…was that they were almost always visibly upset about the condition of Black America…[they] were angry about the state of black America, and this anger fueled their boldness and defiance.  In stark contrast, most present-day black political leaders appear too hungry for status to be angry, too eager for acceptance to be bold, too self-invested in advancement to be defiant.  And when they do drop their masks and try to get mad, their bold rhetoric is more performance than personal, more play-acting than heartfelt.”  

Upon reading this statement, I immediately thought about Christians’ approach to spiritual freedom.  I couldn’t help but ask, “Are we serious and deeply committed to spiritual freedom (for ourselves and others)? Are we angry about the sin that continues to permeate our society?  Does our passion for Christ fuel us to boldly advance the Kingdom of God?  Or are we so self-absorbed and earthly-invested such that salvation is not our priority?  When others see us, do they see someone who is serious about Christian living or are our claims nothing more than a performance?”

In pondering this, I admit that I haven’t always been a Malcolm X or MLK when it comes to the things of God.  I can, however, start from this day forward exhibiting greater passion and commitment to advancing God’s kingdom.  Here are a few tips on how we can all be better advocates for Christ:

1.  Be Zealous

Do not be slothful in zeal.” (Romans 12:11 ESV).  As Christians, we can’t be lazy when it comes to advancing God’s will.  God desires that we all receive the freedom of salvation.  Therefore, we cannot become lax once we have accepted Christ as our Savior.  We have a responsibility to share the gospel as often as we can.  When we do so zealously, others will be saved.  “[Apollos] had been instructed in the ways of the Lord, and being full of zeal, he used to speak and to teach accurately the facts about Jesus…he mightily helped those who through grace had believed.” (Acts 18:25: 27 MontgomeryNT).

2.  Stop Playing the Part

Get serious and stop playing the part!  Being a Christian is not a performance.  It’s not about being popular, accepted, or fitting in.  Instead, it requires daily sacrificial living.  God does not want us to straddle both sides of the fence.  He’s looking for women that are sold out for the cause.  “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot not cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Revelation 3:15 NLT).

3.  Remember that the Things of God are Worth Fighting For

Don’t be afraid to stand up and fight!  Matthew 11:12 states, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (NIV).  As Christians, we were not intended to be passive when it comes to the things of God.  We are in the midst of spiritual warfare.  God has designed us to be spiritual soldiers for Christ.  Hence, just as a natural soldier advances and defends the freedoms of his fellowman, God intends for us to do the same.  

Dear Daddy,

Thanks for the love and patience that You have for Your people.  Forgive me for the times when I have not been hungry for the things of God.  Moving forward, help me not to be slack concerning Your will.  Help me to remain zealous and committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   Help me to be a true advocate who recognizes that the cause of salvation is worth fighting for.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be zealous, stand boldly, and fight for the things of God.  Get hungry and fired up about Kingdom-building!  Don’t let your claim to Christianity be a performance.  Remain serious and committed to the faith. 

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

Attitude, Fruit of the Spirit, Gentleness, Growth/Maturity, Honesty/Truth, Kindness, Motivation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Spirit of Anger

Rebuke The 7 Dwarfs

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” Ephesians 5:1 NLT

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 NIV

Have you ever woke up with a “stank” attitude for no apparent reason? A few days ago I experienced this for no reason at all. Everyone that called seemed to irritate me. In conversation with the Holy Spirit, and as conviction set in, I remembered that at all times I have to be an imitator of Christ. For some apparent reason I started thinking of the Seven Dwarfs. Mainly because of the one I was currently resisting, Grumpy, but also, just as in the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, these little “attitudes” can creep up at any time and alter your entire day.

Let’s look at these attitudes that like to creep in and steal our joy:

“Doc” was the leader. His character was that of someone very pompous or self-important. The Bible tells us, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14: 11 ESV Sometimes we have to check our humility gage!

“Grumpy”.  Being grumpy is like being a complainer. You’re tired of your job, but you can pay your bills! You can’t find a man, and yet every gentleman that approaches you, you act “stank”.  My husband gets on my nerves, Suzy will be glad to have him!  “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV. Speak power and life. Speaking death is being a mouthpiece for the devil!

“Bashful”. This attitude can creep in and get the best of us. How many times have you been silent instead of standing up for God? How many times have you found yourself unequally yoked with your friends and refuse, out of shyness, to stand boldly for the Lord? Jesus warns us, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 10:33 AKJV.

“Sleepy”. How many times have you let the enemy of procrastination into your camp? You walk around sleepily dragging your feet. Some of you have dreams to embark upon, yet you allow a “sleepy” like attitude to interfere. “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV. Get up, you have work to do!

“Happy”. A Happy attitude is pleasant. Kirk Franklin says it best, to be happy, something has to happening! I encourage you to learn to replace your happiness with joy. Joy is a confidence birthed through faith in Christ. Joy is a feeling of assurance you can feel even when you are down and out. Happy is great, but Joy is everlasting. David prays, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalms 16:11 KJV. God can grant you unshakable joy!

“Sneezy”. Sneezing is a way for your body to rid itself of harmful things. With all seriousness, we may need to “Sneeze” through our group of buddies or our Facebook friends list. If you find yourself sneezing all of the time, then you are probably allergic to your surroundings!! “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 NIV

“Dopey”. Dopey was the youngest dwarf. Socially he was immature and seemed to be a “dud.” It is so easy to fall into the “Dopey” category of putting back on our childlike attitudes and behaviors. Paul tells us in the Bible, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” I Corinthians 13:11 NIV. Don’t let your childish ways of bickering, anger, and pettiness creep in. You are a woman now, put away child-like things.

I know this was a far-fetched, yet creative, attempt to say one thing: watch for those insecurities and bad attitudes that can creep in on you. Put on the full armor of God so that you can withstand the enemy.

Dear Daddy,

I plead guilty for having a bad attitude when I know I shouldn’t. The fact that You took a perfect soul to stand in the gap for my sins, should remove any stench of a bad attitude. Please forgive me if I seem ungrateful. Please help me along this Christian journey as I learn to be an imitator of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to rebuke those dwarfs! Put on the full armor of God every morning before your feet hit the floor to guide your attitude throughout the day. Secure it again at night to ensure your mind is fixed on God as you go to bed. God has been too good for us to have a bad attitude!

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Preparation, Procrastination, Submission/Surrendering

You must click “SUBMIT” before the deadline.

Sub · mit (verb) to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.

I teach an online class. As I was preparing the instructions for the upcoming assignments I gave directions about a test. The instructions for the test read: “You may complete this assignment over time. However, in order to receive credit, you must click SUBMIT before the deadline.” Wowzers! I’m sure I’ve typed this same set of instructions about one hundred times but it never rang as it did this time.

Often times God gives us tests to complete. He even gives us a lifetime to complete it. The difference with His test and mine is that I provide the deadline, so my students can actually drag their feet until the last minute but with God it’s different. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13: 32-33 NIV

I think the statement “submit before the deadline” is what struck me the most. This Empowermoment is not to scare you, but honestly we need to hold ourselves accountable for what God has instructed us to do. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21-23. Just because I pray, write Empowermoments, tithe, and go to church does not mean I will go to heaven. I must “submit” to the will of God. This means I have to check myself when a judgmental thought comes through my mind. When I am provoked by the Holy Spirit to call my most irritating friend to check on her, I need to call her and speak the Word God gave me to share with her. When God tells me to shut my mouth I have to heed to that. When God tells me to control myself by checking my attitude, my selfish desires, and my actions toward other people, I have to be obedient. Basically, “Am I submitting to His will?” Am I walking by faith opposed to the nagging conscience of worry? Do I love my neighbor as opposed to silently attacking their bad decisions with judgment? Are my prayers sincere or are they out of habit?

I don’t know about you but I want to get full credit for completing the task God has for me, before the deadline. And I know in order to do that, I have to click SUBMIT.

Dear Daddy,

This journey of Christianity is really uncovering my sinful nature. I am comforted to know that even though I have sinful desires You have encouraged me to renew my mind, be obedient to Your Word and to love my brothers and sisters. Lord, I want to be ready when my deadline comes. I want to be a woman that hears Your voice, understands Your words, and imitates Your actions. Help me to submit to You in all areas of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you to 1) Find out the will of God for your life through prayer and humility. 2) Seek God daily and hide His Word in your heart. 3) Realize that you are different. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 2:12. 4) Make your actions pleasing to God and delight yourself in Him. “and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 NIV

For more study about God’s will read Ephesians 5.

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Gifts/Talents, Motivation, Procrastination, Self-Control, Time Management

Addicted!

No matter where I am or what I am doing I have to take a hit. Someone can be talking to me and I will sit right in their face and get my fix. Even while I am working and trying to meet critical deadlines, I’ll take hours to indulge. At the dinner table, at the restaurant or driving in my car, I take a quick hit. Church and airplanes are really the only spaces that are safe.

I am ashamed to admit it but my name is Chanceé Lundy and I am addicted to Facebook. I don’t think that I am a hardcore addict. I am not forsaking other real duties and responsibilities to peruse what I call the “weapon of mass distraction” but I am a functioning addict. My addiction creeps in when I really could be using my time and my mind for something else. Lately, I found that I could not go a day without logging in.  As a matter of fact, I am not sure if I went more than an hour. For years I wouldn’t add the mobile application because it was my way of taking a break from the social network when I wasn’t at a computer. However, that ended over a year ago when I installed it on my phone. Bad decision! Now I take my drug of choice everywhere.

What’s worse is that I don’t play Facebook games like Farmville, Mafia or anything of that sort. As a matter of fact, I often turn my nose up at people who do. “Don’t they have better things to do with their time? I can’t believe people would waste all of their time playing games on here.” Meanwhile, my countless hours of clicking through thousands of photos of people is just as bad, if not worse. At least they are competing; I am wasting hours of productivity and losing sleep looking at pictures trying to figure out how people are connected.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12 KJV) Our time is our most precious asset and once it is gone it cannot be replaced. We have all heard the phrase “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” For many, Facebook has allowed them the opportunity to create stories based on other people’s status updates, pictures or writing on someone’s wall. All too common is the question, “Well how did you find out?” and the response is, “I saw it on Facebook.” It’s an alternate world that feeds into true reality. Often when those worlds collide, disaster ensues. There are the breakups, divorces, fights, and rumors caused by misuse of a social media tool that merely allows us to make connections with people that we otherwise would not interact with.

While your vice may not be Facebook, there may be other things that have captured your imagination that cause you to lose productivity because of your secret addiction. “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6: 9-11 NIV) While continuing to ask God to do things in our life, it is unfortunate that we would consume ourselves with things that get us no closer to our harvest or to kingdom building.

Am I anti-Facebook? Of course not. But, I have realized there is a stark difference when I take intentional “breaks” and not let it consume me. As a matter of fact, I am noticing the number of deactivated accounts of people that I know and when I ask them why, their response is that it was wasting too much of their time. We are bombarded with so much technology that it is easy to see how we become distracted by constantly talking on our cell phones, texting, emailing, internet browsing, playing  games and much more. While all of these things are purposeful in our life, we have to remember their intended use and not let them become our addiction.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing us the error of our ways. Help us to recognize the addictions that we have in our life and send us through a spiritual rehabilitation. While You have equipped us with many methods to stay in touch and fellowship, help us to realize that these are not our talents and our time should not be wasted on things that don’t uplift. You have provided us with the gift of time; remind us when we are not using it wisely. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to seek out those things that are separating you from God’s promises. As you make your requests known to God, ask Him to reveal areas in your life where you can spend more time focusing on Him. Allow Him to break addictions and be obedient when He tells you to let certain things go. Don’t let an idle mind keep you from your harvest!

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Obedience, Procrastination

Since MUCH is Demanded…

Since MUCH is Demanded, I MUST Admit…

“… From everyone that has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48 NIV)

My entire life I have heard that scripture.  For the longest I equated it to be a mere cliché, considering the random people that were so quick to recite the popular verse.  As I grew older, I realized that the phrase was actually words spoken by Jesus Christ himself.  Although, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the true meaning for myself.

From the day I joined the EmpowerMoments team I have only aspired to be a writer for the blog and nothing more.  Apparently, my Daddy had other plans because last week my sister appointed me to a temporary position in her absence.  As she ran down the list of what seemed like a million detail-oriented tasks, a sudden anxiety took over.  I listened to her closely, taking notes along the way but deep down I was dreading the day that I would have to carry out all of these demands. 

The next day I pulled out my notebook and began reading the list of tedious tasks and I went into panic mode all over again.  Even though we had spent roughly 30 minutes prepping for this moment, I still felt as if I was not prepared at all.  However, there was no time for self-pity but just enough time to get it DONE!  By the time I checked off the final duty I was so relieved that I didn’t know what to do with myself.  But suddenly my praise party was brought to a screeching halt when I had an epiphany as to why this was so challenging…I DON’T LIKE RESPONSIBILITY!!!  I don’t have kids because of the responsibility… I don’t keep up with routine maintenance on my car because of the responsibility… I cheat God of His glory because of my blatant disregard for responsibility!!! 

Having to step up to the plate against my will only proved to me one more character trait that I possess that is contrary to His will.  My Daddy wanted me to step up to the plate without hesitation and I did just the opposite. Who am I to request that these bountiful blessings come pouring out from above if I don’t want to be RESPONSIBLE when they fall in my lap?  God has already given me so much that I didn’t deserve but I wonder why I have yet to receive the rest… There is no way that He could give me more when I am not ready to do more work for His kingdom. 

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for revealing my true colors.  I can mask them all day but You force me to admit my shortcomings. Help me to know and understand that in order to expect an increase in my territory, I must be willing to enlarge Yours first. From now on I will recognize that it is not about me and my wants but what needs to be done for You to receive the praise and honor that You deserve.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ladies, I encourage you to EMPOWER yourself to admit it! Admit those things that are hindering your relationship with Jesus because the first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem…I did it, can you? Be Blessed Ladies!!

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

Motivation, Procrastination, Trusting God

Preparations for the Final Exam

Since I received so much feedback about my entry entitled A “C” for Effort, I decided that it was only right to provide you all with the sequel.  With that said, this past week I had to take my final exam for the same class. 

In a desperate attempt to cast away the spirit of procrastination, I started studying for this test weeks ago unlike I did with the midterm.  I studied that book from cover to cover daily to ensure that my grade would reflect the amount of work that I put in.  Finally the eve of my final was upon me and I was determined to review all ten chapters one last time before going to bed.  I prayed the whole night because I was extremely exhausted.  At least seven times I had to ask God to keep me awake that I might keep reading and He did just that!  I stayed up to2amWednesday morning and I had to wake up at 6:30am for work. 

When I woke up from my brief nap, I had the worst headache and my body screamed of sleep deprivation but I knew I had to go to work.  I managed to pull it together but I can honestly say I was NOT myself at all!  I was at work for about an hour and a half before that enemy went on attack!!  I lost it ladies!  I started crying hysterically and all I saw was defeat on my exam.  For the first time ever I felt as if I had studied so much that I didn’t retain any information.  Before I knew it my co-workers were surrounding me and inquiring what was wrong and all I could say was “I’m sleepy and I’m not ready for my test!”  My boss pulled me aside and asked what she could do to help and I asked her to let me go home and take a nap and I would come back refreshed.  She agreed and within minutes I was in my car headed home.

When I made it home I started talking as loud as I could to God.  It all made sense…I prayed that He would keep me awake long enough to finish reading but I never asked for anything else.  He whispered that He had already taken care of it and to simply clear my mind and go to sleep! I continue to pray about it until I dozed off.  I went back to work and continued my day like a new person. “Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)

I made a conscious effort not to open that book again until I sat in front of my laptop for the exam that evening.  Every time I began to get anxious about my test I would open my mouth and spend a moment with God to ease my mind.  I went to bible study and after the benediction I felt as if I had the armor I needed to master that test so I went home and began.  Halfway through the exam I initiated praise to Him because I knew all the answers without hesitation!! Just as my praise began to bounce of the walls of my apartment my Pandora station began to blast Mary Mary’s song “Yesterday” and I took a second to apologize to God.  There really was no reason for me to ever be nervous because He had already stepped in and handled it for me like He told me earlier.  To make a longer story shorter, I ended up with an “A” on the exam (I only missed three questions) and an “A” in the class! Thank you LORD!!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for always helping me to win over my worries.  I thank You for allowing me to be able to fight the enemy away by simply turning it over to You.  Help me to take a moment to HALT! There are four easy ways for the enemy to creep in and that’s when I’m Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired!  Lord, I bind up each and every one of those spirits in Your abounding love that they may not give the devil a way into my heart! I am victorious over all things because I am Your child! Thank you Daddy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, this week I recommend you take a moment to EMPOWER yourself and put on the armor of God everyday as we go to battle in this spiritual warfare.  The enemy doesn’t take a day off so make sure you are always ready to HALT! Have a Blessed Week!

Click here to read A “C” for Effort

Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

Goals & Dreams, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Procrastination

The Settler

I wake up each day with a sense of “happy”! I am so blessed to be where I am right now. Taking this teaching job was such a great move for me. I am in love my job, co-workers, students, Virginia, DC, my new church, pastor, EVERYTHING! It’s like I can sit back, kick my heels up and relax because I have finally “made it!”

Then I get an email: “Ms. Dix, please do not forget to complete for application for Assistant Principal/Master Educator by Monday April 25, 2011.” And then I woke up. I have been so engrossed with this honeymoon phase of where I am I totally forgot about what I asked God for. I wanted for him to put me in a position to move up in my career so that I can eventually become a Chancellor or Superintendant of a school system. So why had I not completed my application? Why was I getting a reminder to do so…WHILE I’M ON SPRING BREAK?

Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess. Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes. ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them. (Numbers 33:53-56)

This passage is so deep. The force that God spoke with to Moses can be felt by the reader. Verse 56 really stuck with me, “And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them”. God had given Moses specific instructions. We all know the story of the Israelites and their plight out of bondage. We also know that they did not get to the place with Moses and that Joshua actually was the one who led them there. When God tells us something or puts us in a position to do something we can’t just sit back and think that it is going to just fall in our lap. He has opened the door but we have to walk through it. Here I am oozing over my new blessing when I forgot that I still have a long way to go to get to where God and I want me to be. He knows what my desire is and He wants me to get there. He has now given me the opportunity to get there and I am just “chilling” on my blessing…what am I thinking?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for placing me where I am. I understand that I prayed for something and that You are making a way for me to have just that. I understand that it is up to me to accept the blessings that You are giving me. I do not take this moment for granted and I will not settle for where I am now. I will continue to push forward no matter how hard the way may seem. I know that You are clearing a path for me. I trust You and I believe that You are going to do exactly what You said You would. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to move beyond the “SETTLEMENT”. Don’t go for what God is going to give to others. You each have your own blessing. REACH UP and GRAB IT RIGHT NOW! I bind the spirit of COMPLACENCY from your lives.

Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!