Do you ever get in a cycle of not wanting to do anything? I have been there often lately.
I heard Patsy Clairmont speak last month at Women of Faith. She is truly amazing. I could so relate to her on many levels.
She shared a story of when she was bedridden from an overwhelming case of agoraphobia. If you could see her speak to a crowd, you would be shocked she was ever in that space of fear and isolation. She told us about how she prayed for God to save her from her misery.
After many seemingly unanswered prayers, she finally heard God speak to her. He said, “Make your bed.” Her first thought: “I don’t want to do that.” But she did. She got up and made her bed that day and continued to do it again and again.
Slowly, God pulled her back to life and out into the world. He rewarded her for that simple act of obedience first thing every morning. She went from asking God to rescue her to showing Him she would do whatever it took even when she really didn’t want to.
Patsy showed up first thing every morning no matter how she felt. This reminds me of a wonderfully instructive quote from long ago that still rings true today:
If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. ~Mark Twain
Brian Tracy expands this concept in his article, The Truth About Frogs, defining a “frog” as “your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.”
Do your biggest thing first. I’m seeing this everywhere lately. I think God is trying to tell me something. Eat my biggest frog first every day even if I really just don’t want to…
Patsy’s frog was the simple act of making her bed. This task eventually transformed her life.
The First 5 app from Proverbs 31 Ministries makes sure I’m with Jesus first thing every morning. It helps me tremendously by setting off an alarm on my phone sending me immediately to a devotional with a swipe of my finger across the screen.
Checking off the exercise box is a work in progress. I really don’t like any form of exercise. As much as I loathe the thought, it’s imperative to my health these days. My energy has plummeted and my moods are all out crazy.
I know a simple morning walk would do wonders on so many levels. As unappealing as that act is, I’m going to eat that giant frog. And I’m well aware this must be done first thing in the morning or it just won’t happen.
I hope to share with you soon how my daily exercise habit has changed my body and mind. Until then, I’ll keep moving forward, one morning walk at a time.
What are your big frogs? Do you try to finish your biggest daily task first? I would love to hear from you in the comments!