PODCAST: Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 13 (Get Things Done #108 with Daniel Whyte III)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #108 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Psalm 90:17 says: “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”

Our quote for today is from Martin Luther. He said: “[He] who waits until circumstances completely favor his undertaking, will never accomplish anything.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 13 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

33. The weather’s lousy.

The term weather permitting is properly applied to announcements of parades and outdoor weddings, but most of life’s activities must go on, weather or not. The jogger who does his thing only when the temperature is perfect and the skies are blue will never develop much stamina, physically or mentally. Growth comes from surmounting circumstances, not from yielding to them.

34. It’s too nice a day to spend doing that.

Some people can find good weather or bad weather equally convenient as an excuse for not doing what they should be doing. Amazing, isn’t it?

And yet—let’s face it—there are times when one should close up shop and go fishing, if one has that option. As the Bible says, there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance . . . and, presumably, a time to punch a typewriter and a time to go fishing. The problem is, how can you be sure which time it is?

I think your best bet is to ask yourself how you will feel when it’s over. Suppose, for example, you’re debating whether to paint the porch Saturday afternoon or whether to take the afternoon off and fly a kite with your kid. How are you likely to feel when you get back from kite-flying? If you’ll consider it time well-spent, then that’s what it will have been. You didn’t procrastinate on painting the porch—you simply did a higher priority activity. To have done otherwise would have been to procrastinate on spending some time with your child!

On the other hand, if you would feel guilty and resentful while flying that kite, and if you would return with regrets that you didn’t stay and paint the porch, then perhaps the kite-flying at that particular time would be a mistake. So let your anticipated hindsight determine your course of action. Ask yourself how you’re going to feel about the decision the next day, when you will be more objective.

(My own feeling, incidentally, is that most of us give such things as kite-flying a much lower priority than they really deserve.)

Lord willing, we will continue this discussion in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.