Thursday, May 28, 2009

Just Get Started!

Do you ever have days when you have very little energy or motivation, lots to do or maybe a task you really don't want to do, so you sit doing nothing or doing everything except what you need to be doing? I have those days also (today). Usually, if I will just talk myself into doing one little thing, it starts a chain of events and I'm rolling. Like, after supper when I'm so tired that doing dishes is the last thing I want to do. I sit and look at them thinking," I'll rest awhile and then I'll do them" ,( knowing that a body at rest remains at rest). Or thinking, "I'll just leave them until in the morning when I have the energy to do them". But, if I tell myself, "I'll just wash the pans and leave everything else til later", once I wash the pans, I end up washing the plates. Why stop now? Next I wash the glasses, then the silverware and I'm finished before I know it. Likewise, if I keep a bottle of spray cleaner in the bathroom, often I'll think " I'm just going to spray the mirror down real quick". Before I know it, I've sprayed every surface in the room. Etc.
It also motivates me at times to turn on a tape, CD, or radio teaching in the room I'm cleaning in. I get into what I'm listening to and don't want to leave the room. So, I end up looking for things to do in there until what I'm listening to is over. And, I end up with a very clean room. Music can also be very motivating when you are cleaning. Anyway, the moral of the story is, whatever you have to do or tell yourself to get you motivated, do it, and most importantly, " Just Get Started!"

Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."


  1. Sharon, this is such a good post. It reminded me of what Elisabeth Elliott always said,..."Just do the next thing".

    "Just get started",...quote from Sharon!

    Ok, Good-bye my friend. Time to get started.
    THANKS,...I was just sitting here blogging when I really need to be cleaning my closet out,...
    So, you have motivated me.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  2. Oh.... what great advice indeed!
    I agree with Linda about that poem that
    Elisabeth Elliot loves " Do the next thing"...
    how true!! I also liked your idea about listening to
    cd's or the radio.... I have found that to help me too....
    Especially listening to sermons!

    Many Blessings~ Jen

  3. That is soooo true! And what is so funny is that while I was reading your post my mind automatically went to that verse you quoted, then as I was scrolling down to read all your posts I saw that verse!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Julianne :)

  4. It's funny you should mention this. I found myself in that predicament this morning regarding cleaning one of our bathrooms (cleaning bathrooms is my LEAST favorite thing to do). I had just finished cleaning a bedroom and walked into the bathroom, which sorely needed attention. I said, "Well, the sink looks pretty bad, so I will clean just the sink and leave." Before I knew it, I was cleaning the entire bathroom and then some (smiles)! It's funny how our minds work sometimes! Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, this is the first time I have been to your blog (smiles)!

  5. That was wonderful advice! That is usually what happens if we can just motivate ourselves to do the next thing! I am a stay at home empty nest mom of 2 grown sons. I have lived in Texas several times and graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1977. Like your blog.

  6. Yes dear sister, I believe we all have those days and the wise ones use God's word to motivate us! Thanks for the post.

  7. Nike said it best..."Just do it!" And on that note, I'm going to clean a room that I've been avoiding for a month! Have a joyful day in Jesus.