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Don't Delay

Don't Delay

I hate to go to the bathroom. It seems like such a waste of time.

Bathroom breaks are purely disruptive. I seriously will delay leaving my desk to go to the bathroom until it becomes an “emergency” and I have to.
I’ll sit at my desk, typing away, my foot bobbing up and down to try and delay the inevitable.
Some things are just inevitable, aren’t they?
You’re (I’m) going to have to go to the bathroom.
I’m pretty sure that you’ve been there before (I know I have) – that place where you know there’s something you need to do. You’re convinced that it’s the right thing. It’s time to do it. All the signs point to it. But you’re sitting back … delaying the inevitable.
What’s going on here?
The truth is that all movement has some form of resistance. Every time we do some thing we’re supposed to do, there are forces moving the opposite direction.
There are always consequences, even in doing the right thing.
It’s responsible to understand the consequences of our actions, as best we can, before we take them. That’s probably the second question we should ask.
I suppose the first question we need to ask is “Where?”
We need direction; we need a trajectory. The next move is important. I’m not sure we ever know the destination, but we definitely need steps. All of this answers the question “Where?”
Perhaps then it’s fair to ask “What?”
What’s going to happen when I make this adjustment? There’s probably going to be resistance. I’m not piloting to avoid resistance; it is, in fact, resistance that keeps the plane in the air.
Some of us then move on a very dangerous question: “Why?”
“Why are you doing this to me?”
“Why does this have to change?”
“Why are you taking this away from me?”
“Why?”
I’m not sure asking that question helps. When we shift our focus from movement to the resistance, we stop moving & start trying to minimize the resistance.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than grown man peeing their pants. Some things weren’t meant to be delayed.
When you know you need to do something, do it.
Do it because it’s the right thing to do.
Do it right now.
Do it no matter what the consequences.
Don’t delay.

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Consider these scriptures as you process this:
+ Luke 14:28-33
+ 1 Samuel 15:22

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The Sickness & What It Teaches Us

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