"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:23-24 (NIV)
Among the many things that I have to work on to improve is my tendency toward procrastination. I actually planned on a strategy to conquer this shortcoming last year but, alas, never got around to it.
One of the reasons people tend to procrastinate is that the task is time-consuming or difficult. In this instance, avoiding what is unpleasant generates its own reward because you feel more comfortable doing something else. I was thinking about the many times I decided to lose weight or start a new exercise program. Both of these are admirable goals but it is easier to just put these things off because they are both difficult to do. This type of procrastination simply requires more self-discipline.
Another reason for procrastination, however, is that sometimes life presents us with mountains. We are faced with life's mountains and decide they are too big for us to navigate. Maybe it's a large mountain like getting accepted to a top university but you don't have the tuition to go. Sometimes it is a gigantic mountain like the grief of losing a loved one. When one is facing life's biggest mountains, we should always turn to Jesus' words in the above Scripture.
Our Lord's most emphatic teachings always started with, "Truly I tell you," so we know this is really important. The same power with which God raised Jesus from the dead is offered to every believer so that we would know that nothing is impossible for God. Your mountain might be a broken relationship or perhaps a financial crisis. Maybe your mountain is a worldly obstacle pulling you away from Jesus. Regardless what it is, the faith of a mustard seed is sufficient to move that mountain into the sea (Mt.17:20). In your Christian journey, meet your mountains not with fear but with the confidence of a true child of the King. It's yours for the asking.
Pastor John Woodrow