"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return."
These words, spoken on Ash Wednesday as the priest smudges your forehead with ashes in the shape of the cross, are pretty sobering. In the Christian tradition, they mark the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of reflection and self-examination.
Why begin with this grim reality? The words remind us that life is fleeting. That we have a limited amount of time to do right by God and our neighbor.
If you were drawn to this article by the title, then you know from firsthand experience what an insidious, life-sucking monster procrastination is. If you got here simply because you love reading every word I write (thank you!) and have no idea what procrastination is, here's the definition according to Dictionary.com: "the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention."
Ok, so first things first: This is a problem I am actively addressing in my life. I make no claim of being the guru with all the answers. I'm still trying to slay this dragon. I'm looking for answers, just like you. ...continue reading
So it's been a really long time since I've written anything anywhere. In fact, I think it's been ten years or more since I've kept a blog (other than my poor, neglected "mini blog" at Tumblr). In either case, I recently found myself with a little extra time on my hands and decided it was high time I let go and let God breathe new life on my long dormant writing gift.
And being a good writer is a gift; one I've unfortunately neglected for a number of reasons, none of them valid. I'm done making excuses. I've been so busy consuming the creativity of others that I have not devoted time to my own God-given call to create.
And those are our options: create or consume.
Rick Warren, author of the best-selling The Purpose-Driven Life (a terrific read, by the way) says that, "You're most like your Creator when you're being creative."
If this is true (and I believe it is) I need to spend more time creating and less time consuming.
I'm a terrific consumer. Creator? Not so much. But I'm working on that. Here's what I'm doing.