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Begin Intentional Journey for blog smallI’m really good at procrastinating … whether it be in delaying difficult decisions, putting off a task I’m not looking forward to, or postponing a problem I can’t solve.

Yet, avoiding things or putting off something that needs to be completed, in the vain hope that it might not need to be done is, in my experience, simply a way to increase stress levels, as the inevitable deadline looms nearer.

It is only when we turn around to face the fear, look it in the eye, and start on whatever it is we need to begin, that often, our fear loses its power.
We may find that the task we procrastinated over, is not as difficult as we built it up to be, after all.
For, in beginning a task that is unachievable in our minds, we start to dismantle its enormity by tackling it one small step at a time.

We may find that, yes, that decision, that problem, is indeed hard to tackle, but in facing it, starting the processes that will see it completed, we diffuse some of the difficulty, and begin to see the issue for what it really is, rather than the momentous task we have invented in our anxious minds.

When I think of beginning things, I always recall this fabulous quotation (often attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, but actually written by William Hutchinson Murray, from his 1951 book entitled The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.)

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

So, as we begin Lent this year, consider:

What are you avoiding facing or confronting?

What do you need to begin?

Whatever this might be, as Christians, we do well to recall 4 things:

So, whatever it is that you are putting off, why not today, place the whole situation before God and ask for help from the One who is always with us? Let us each...

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Step out...

               Start…

                         Begin … 

                                               One small step at a time…

 

…and before we know it, whatever we have been putting off, will no longer be looming in front of us blocking the way, but be dismantled behind us, duly completed in His strength, not our own.

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