After watching a video about a snake in the grass, I spent my morning writing prayers. The prayers are for a soon to be released Advent Study that I’ve been working on with some colleagues from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. It’s a four-week series entitled “Annunciations: Disruption and Invitation” and includes video clips from a variety of films produced by David Barnhart.  One would think that if you have almost 40 years in ministry this task would be quick and easy but as Lee Corso would say “not so fast.” The screen stayed uncluttered with words.  Some days it’s like that. Eventually, I’ll get done what needs to be accomplished but some days it just takes longer than expected. So apparently the word for the day is procrastination, (which probably is what I am doing.) The definition of procrastination is “the action of delaying or postponing something.” It comes from the Latin procrastinatus, and means “to put off until tomorrow.”  I think it was Mark Twain who said, “Do not put off till tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well.” One of the best strategies to diminish the impacts of “putting off until tomorrow” is just to do something. I’ve discovered that sometimes it is not important what you do. It’s more important that you take some action and get moving. Getting moving will create momentum and that is an effective way to break through the barrier of procrastination.
I got on my thinking chair and focused on the question, “How do you build spiritual momentum?” It’s a question for you as well as a question for the beloved at Pine Shores.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:12
“ Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 

Reflection Questions:
What goals do you currently have?
What do you need to just do?
What does being “made Christ’s own” mean to you?

Prayer:
Holy God, even if there seems to be good reason, keep me moving toward the goal of a greater faithfulness. Let me care for others as you care for me me.  Amen

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