I procrastinate on writing my messages.
I plan lots of time at the beginning of my week to study and write my message but inevitably something arises leadership-wise that causes me to take the time I planned for sermon development and devote it to some other worthy cause.
Why do I keep doing that? Let me pull the lid off this thing and examine it.
The Cause of Procrastination
First, I think I do this because writing sermons is tough work.
It is grueling. Sermon crafting is like having a baby – some come out with one push, others come out breach. Having a baby 48 times a year is tough. Sermon writing is just tough work. To do it well you have to be disciplined and sit at that desk whether or not the inspiration comes.
Second, I think I postpone sermon writing because I like to gravitate to something that is more fun to me – leadership challenges.
Leadership challenges energize me. They are reflexive. Leadership comes naturally to me. I know I have the gift of teaching, but it ranks second in my gift mix. Having the gift of leadership and teaching is a wonderfully troublesome combination.
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