Friday, November 21, 2008

The Need for Speed

Procrastination will cause us to operate without excellence and miss potential opportunities. Waiting until the last minute to begin rehearsals for an important date can cause anxiety and stress and result in a poor display of a last-minute dance piece. Delaying to make payments on garments or ministry trips can put the whole group in jeopardy. It has been said that "failure to plan is planning to fail." There is a time to wait on the Lord, and there also is a time to move speedily.

When we know that we have directions from the Lord that we are to do now, we must be obedient. This extends beyond dance-related subjects into our personal lives. If we are not taking care of our personal bills in a timely manner, this will impact our ministries. Improper handling of responsibilities speaks to our character and stewardship. We should not feel condemned if we realize where we have fallen and repent. This adjustment will include action steps to rectify anything through which we have shown slothfulness.

Some last-minute things are beyond our control, but we know in our hearts when the problem is "us." Moving in the timing of the Lord will bring us great victory. When we stay prepared, we can quickly accomplish the things that He tells us. Many delays are rooted in fear. Since the Lord did not give us the spirit of fear, we must face whatever is causing us to remain motionless. If we need more education, we can obtain it. Financial literacy is abundant through bookstores and online. When we are prepared, we will find ourselves ready to spring into action in an instant.

2 Chronicles 24:5 (NKJV)
Then he gathered the priests and the Levites, and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you do it quickly.” However the Levites did not do it quickly.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 (NKJV)
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Isaiah 5:26 (NKJV)
He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the end of the earth; surely they shall come with speed, swiftly.

Matthew 5:25 (NKJV)
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

Revelation 3:11 (NKJV)
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

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