You know that feeling when things pile up and you push them away, saying “I’ll do it another day?”
Then you don’t get to it that next day either. Pretty soon, what could have been done in an hour or two is now a bigger issue. It is called procrastination. Procrastination is the act of delaying or avoiding something.
Nothing good comes out of procrastination. You can experience stress, loss of time, and loss of goals. In the past three years, I have become a procrastinator on some levels, especially when it comes to putting laundry away. Sigh…..
Even though the laundry is cleaned daily, it is not often put away resulting in a rather large pile. There are eight members of our family. Garage clothes, work clothes, school clothes, church clothes, play clothes, and sports clothes make up that pile of laundry. We have deemed the pile Mt. Malcolm. The pile rests in my bedroom.
I love a clean house. I have an organized home. I loathe clutter and call myself a minimalist.
So why do I not put my laundry away daily?
Truth is, It stresses me out. I tend to get overwhelmed and walk away.
Every other chore will be done, but doing the separating, folding, and putting away the laundry is so overwhelming at times. Once I do it, I feel accomplished, almost as if I climbed Mt. Malcolm myself.
Putting this out there in the great blogosphere causes me to feel vulnerable because I am admitting that I have a weakness. Why is it so difficult for me to admit that I have a weakness? This is not the only area I do not like being vulnerable in. I know I am not the only one either.
Most people do not like to admit their weaknesses.
Why it is so difficult to be transparent and vulnerable?
Is it the fear of being looked down upon?
Or the thought that in admitting your weakness, you feel others would perceive you as something less than?
By being afraid to admit weaknesses and making yourself vulnerable, may be due to the fact you will feel:
· That you will be taken advantage of
· That you will be rejected
· That you will be abandoned
· That you will be hurt
· That you will be humiliated
· That you will be controlled
· That you will be betrayed
These are not pleasant feelings to deal with and personally I do not like to contend with them either.
ON THE FLIPSIDE…
By not being transparent and authentic as Christians; we often give the impression that we ‘have it all together and that our walk is blameless’. No wonder Christians get such a bad rap when we do fall and make mistakes, often major ones.
Christians are often one of the worse at admitting weaknesses.
- We need prayer.
- We make mistakes.
- We need the grace of others.
- We all sin.
It is time to stop pretending we are better than others just because we are Christians.
Or that we are more righteous than others. Of course, not all Christians feel or act this way, but we most certainly need to be careful of developing a false sense of security.
However, nothing can be further from the truth. Jesus died on the cross for all of us.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As Christians, when we are weak it is then that we are the most open to receiving God’s grace. There are certain responsibilities that we have as Christians.
Our responsibilities as Christians include:
- Admitting our mistakes.
- We are called to be humble.
- We must ask for forgiveness.
Only once we acknowledge our weaknesses, admit our sins, and ask for forgiveness; are we able to repent. Humbly accepting the fact that we are indeed sinners in need of God’s grace, allows us to move forward. Finally, we must believe that it is through our weaknesses that He can do His complete His work.
Allow me to encourage you to be open enough and with yourself and others, that you have weaknesses. It is okay to be vulnerable.
One does not have to admit all our weakness, there is such thing as too much information. TMI, we have all seen those Facebook posts where one admits too much about themselves. There is something called discretion, that we must be disciplined in as well.
However, as Christians, we must able to strike a healthy balance between looking like a fool on one extreme and being seen as a ‘holier-than-thou’ sort of person on the other extreme.
How can we lead others to Christ if we perceive ourselves as better or if they see us as hypocrites?