So imma just get right to it... I'm a slacker. Always have been. I wrote every single school paper the night before it was due. My gas tank is basically always on E cause "I'm too tired" or "It's too cold out" to get out of the car and fill it up. I'm in denial of the mess that is my room and car. And I always forget to grab a snack before sitting down to a good movie, but then I'm too lazy to actually get up and grab something.
You get the point.
Now I need to be real honest with you, recently I've been slacking in an area that is crucial to my well being. My walk with the Lord.
I know that most everyone goes through a season or two of this feeling of watered-down Christianity. And while it does make me feel better to know I'm not alone, it doesn't justify anything.
When I begin to slack on things such as purposefully getting deep into the Word, remembering to pray for others, or just simply just talking to God about my day, other things begin to creep in and take their place.
- Impurity: Romans 12:2 warns us, "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." Sometimes I spend more time listening to LANY's newest album (fire btw) than I do in true worship to the Lord. Sometimes I get on Pinterest for so long I fall asleep and miss my chance to pray before bed. Sometimes I'm too busy trying to plan a night to the movies that I forget to plan a coffee date with a young girl who needs some advice and a shoulder to cry on. None of these things are bad, but over time, if they become my first priority (whether those are my intentions or not), everything about me begins to change. I see what the world does, and I copy. I hear what the world is saying, but I brush it off thinking it's no big deal. My standards lower, my actions become more secularized with every passing day, and I slowly forget Who and what I'm living for. TV, music, social media, etc... they aren't bad things in and of themselves. I'm tired of that argument. It's what I do with them and how much time I give up for them that decides the quality of life I am living.
- Depression: This one is pretty self explanatory. What are some of God's main characteristics? Joy. Peace. Love. So if I am distancing myself from the Giver of these things, why would I expect to carry them apart from Him? Simple as that (haha). "So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting." - Ecclesiastes 11:10 - I don't want to grow up to be a grumpy adult (wait, I am an adult. what.) Slacking on my time with God ultimately diminishes my good character. Therefore, the longer I take to pick myself back up, the farther I get into a life full of negativity. Plus, when I act like that, it makes everyone else's lives miserable also.
- Confusion- aka my worst enemy ever in the entire world. If you know me at all, you know that even the smallest thought can send me into an ocean of "I DONT KNOW ANYTHING ANYMORE!!! NEVER HAVE NEVER WILL!!!!!!!" I'm insane occasionally. But for real, this is the biggest thing for me. If I don't make sure that God's voice is the most dominant one in my head, I just give up on making decisions because it's literally impossible for me to make good ones without Him. I can't figure out which voice is His, mine, or the enemy's. Yes, I'm sure you've heard this verse almost as many times as you've heard someone say "salty" but its still pretty darn good - Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." If I want my brain and spirit to cooperate then I have to cooperate. STAY in the Word. Always ask God what He thinks first. 'Nuf said.
These are just a few that I've had a first-hand encounter with, and trust me, they ain't fun. So I'm begging you. Stay away from the deep, dark pit of slackery!!
I'm learning, I'm growing. Definitely not perfect. But I serve a God who is, and He gives grace.
Hit up my contact page and shoot me a message! Would love to hear your methods on conquering the slacker spirit. Also, I take any and all prayer requests!
Love you all! ~Taylor