Convinced

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

I Ate the Frog!

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A quote often attributed to Mark Twain says,

“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

So, to ease your troubled minds regarding my sanity and lack of discernment, let me explain. The concept behind this quote has been captured in the book, Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy. The basic idea is that the “frog” is the task you are most likely to procrastinate on, but would have greatest impact on the rest of your day.

Those of us who are Christians would agree that the one “task” that will have lasting impact on your life, not just your day, is sitting at Jesus’ feet and communing with Him in prayer and the Word. After that, there are tasks that we need to accomplish each day for family, home, work, and ministry that make for full days for most of us! And for me, it also means learning to wisely prioritize and avoid procrastination to make the best use of my time (Eph. 5:15-16).

So what “frog” did I eat yesterday? Well, next to frogs, there’s something else that gives me that same yucky feeling. The one chore that seems to sap all my energy just thinking about it, and that is left until the last possible moment…ironing! Thankfully, there was not much ironing yesterday, but that just gave me more reason to want to put it off. I told myself, “There’s not really enough here to worry about yet, and we won’t be wearing most of these items any time soon, so I can just wait another day or two.” Procrastination.

So I did it. I ate the frog. BUT…unlike the Twain quote, and against Tracy’s advice, I didn’t tackle it first thing in the morning. Instead, first thing in the morning, I spent time with the Lord in prayer and study, got the kids off to school, had a fun play date with Titus and one of his friends, and then, I ate the frog! Well, maybe I didn’t exactly eat the frog, but I can confidently say I at least tried it, and it wasn’t so bad! I consider that day a success!

What’s your frog for today? Tomorrow?

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

3 thoughts on “I Ate the Frog!

  1. GIRLLLLLLL! THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!! OUCH!!!! I HAD SEVERAL FROGS I NEEDED TO EAT. GOD HELPED ME OUT A LITTLE A FEW DAYS AGO….WE WERE BLESSED WITH ABOUT 5 INCHES OF SNOW….. SO GUESS WHAT???? I ATE A FEW FROGS!!!!! TO BE HONEST IT FELT SO GOOD EATING THEM TOO!!! THANKS KRISTIE FOR YOUR SHARING! THANK YOU FOR SAYING YES TO GOD WHEN YOU STARTED TO BLOG I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!! LOVE YA
    TINA SCOTT

  2. I think we have similar FROGS! My biggest one is ironing. Once it is a household chore it equates to a FROG. I tried eating one of my frogs before it began to mature this weekend, it made such a difference. That froggy was the dishes!

  3. Today it was a toss up between potty training and ironing.
    Potty training won out.

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