It’s soooo easy to get in the habit of putting off unpleasant tasks. For instance, your mom asks you to clean your room or do your homework, but you tell yourself, “I’ll do it later.” Or your teacher has warned the class about a big test coming up, but you haven’t even started to study. No matter how hard you wish, your messy room, your homework, and that test are not going to simply disappear into thin air!
Rather than put things off, God gives you a better way of getting things done: “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands” (Psalm 119:60). So block out what you want to do and focus on what you need to do.
It might help to know that the Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23). As a teen after God’s own heart, God expects you to take care of the things that belong to you—your clothes, your bed, your homework. Taking care of your space and your responsibilities shows good character. It proves that you can set a goal and then work to achieve it.
Giving It Your Best
Remember, God wants you to do your best in every area of your life—even when it comes to taking care of your room, doing schoolwork, or participating in a sports game or dance recital.
So, here’s some motivation to help you: set little goals for yourself—study for 30 minutes, then eat a snack; clean up your desk, then take a break; practice your instrument for 15 minutes, then play with your sister.
Don’t delay—get it done, and then have fun!
Jesus, help me to stop putting things off and instead, follow Your “don’t delay” rule. I know that by getting things done, I’ll bring honor to You. Amen.
The next time you have to do something that you’d rather not do, set a timer for 15 minutes and tackle it with all your might.
Ask your mom or sister to help hold you accountable to completing a task.
God wants you to do your best in every area of your life.