How to Resist the Urge to... Waste the Day Away

I'll admit it: by nature I'm a procrastinator/lazy person. Not that I just sit around the house and sleep or watch TV all day. I don't.

But I sure would like to.

Of course, at the end of the day I'm always glad I didn't. And if I do waste the day away, because I give into the urge..., well, then I regret it. I'd much rather accomplish the tasks God has given me to do on a given day than fritter my time away.

Do you have the urge to waste time...
I do. But I prefer to resist that urge. And as a woman who works from my home, the urge gets strong some days to do just about anything and everything but work. Still, I know the Bible says that God has prepared good works for me to do each day, and I want to please Him and accomplish those things. Don't you?

How to resist the urge to...waste the day away.

First of all, meditate on and memorize Ephesians 5:15-17:

Therefore, be careful how you walk,
not as unwise men,
but as wise,
making the most of your time,
because the days are evil.
So then do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Next, as you meditate on this biblical instruction, pray something like this...

Lord, thank you for giving me purposeful, meaningful work to do each day. I want to accomplish all that you have set before me so that I am useful to You and Your kingdom. Help me to use my time wisely today, working when it is time to work, relating to other people when it is time to do so, and even resting and recreating when it's appropriate. I realize that Satan has a plan for my day, too, and it's to keep me off track, to help me waste the time and callings You have given me. So help me be aware of those things which would rob me of focus, energy, endurance, and commitment. And give me joy in using my time wisely instead.

Finally, here are a few practical suggestions founded on biblical principles:

How do you stay on task throughout your day rather than giving into the urge to lie on the sofa? We'd all love to know. Especially those of us who work in and from home!

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