So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Studies have shown that 57% of Americans utilize the snooze button on a regular basis. Those numbers mean that on average we spend 3.5 months of our lives hitting the snooze button. We ignore the buzzer going off welcoming us to a new day. Instead, we tap the button, roll over, and convince ourselves that we will get out of bed eventually. Then there are those of us who can't bare facing their current circumstances, so they just pull the covers above their head hoping it will magically go away.
Many of us live our lives, in essence, hitting the snooze button. All of those hopes and dreams we put off for another day. We’ll get around to finding our life’s purpose a little bit later. We pass off the responsibility for things like developing our prayer life, restoring a broken relationship, getting our finances in order or decluttering our closets to our future self. What we fail to realize is that what we do (or don’t do) today matters to who we become tomorrow. Being present in the moments we’re given shapes our future self.
The problem with snooze buttons is that they provide us with the illusion of activity. Because we have the best intentions, and we think (and worry and obsess) about these things often, we fool ourselves into believing we are making some headway. Intentions aren’t the same thing as actions. It’s hard to take a step of faith or produce any movement when your feet haven’t even hit the floor.
Three things drive our procrastination. First, we want to put off the pain. Change is always scary, but that doesn't mean transformation isn't needed. Doing something new or taking a step of faith is uncomfortable and requires us to be stretched. Second, we want to prolong our pleasure and have our will be done. There are things we know we need to stop or let go of, but deep inside our hearts we enjoy them and want to continue what we’re doing so, we don’t act. Temptation appeals to what we want without consideration of how we were made and who we are becoming.
And, finally, we desire everything mapped out and planned to perfection. We need to know how things will turn out and every step along the path crystal clear before we jump into action. We don’t like to fail and the only way to avoid failing all together is by not trying in the first place.
All of us are becoming something. The question is whether we are doing it intentionally. If we're going to change our behavior, it begins by changing what we see. An encounter starts with where we set our eyes.
Are our eyes focused on our fears and failures? Can all we see are the obstacles, excuses, and things standing in our way? Or, are our eyes centered on the person we are becoming and the One who is with us every step of the way?
- Regarding taking action and living out your faith, where do you find yourself hitting the snooze button? What are you trying to avoid? Why are you trying to avoid it?
God, for far too long, I've been hitting the snooze button while You are calling me to act. There are areas of my life I know need to be addressed. I've ignored the promptings to take action and have courage. Today, I say no longer will I settle for inactivity and letting fear win. May I get out of bed and face my circumstances with faith and boldness, knowing You are with me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.