Everyone wants to be effective. I have never known anyone who set a goal to be a failure. Whether it involves being a spouse, a parent, a student, or an employee we all like success.
I have found that there are three success thieves that are particularly good at stealing our character and success. How we combat these three little pilferers can go a long way in determining how effective you are as a Christian, a parent, a spouse, or an employee.
Whether it is caused by an out of control schedule or a case of laziness, procrastination is a killer. When we delay dealing with a sin, a habit, a health issue, or a project at work we set ourselves up for failure. Deal with it NOW!
Sticking your head in the sand and acting like the problem, project, sin, habit, or hang up does not exist is a one-way street to failure. Sometimes it is painful to face the facts, but until we do we lie to ourselves and ensure that we will never get any better or accomplish our goals.
Although this is related to pretending I believe it is a bit different. Concealing a problem, lying to ourselves and others about a situation, or covering a sin rather than confessing it and dealing with it causes problems. The Psalmist wrote, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
Not only does covering it up keep you from dealing with your problem effectively, it also causes you to become an emotional wreck. Covering up a sin will cause you to become edgy, unfocused, and ineffective. King David said, “When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans.” (Psalm 32:3) Have you ever felt like your life way a big groan all day long? David experienced the destructive power of trying to cover his sin. We he confessed it he was able to handle it!
Ultimately, delaying, pretending, and covering up shape our character because we become what we practice. Deal with it and don’t act like the problem does not exist. It will set you on the road to success.