Behavior Modification, Part 2 (Get Things Done Episode #116)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #116 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Our quote for today is from Benjamin E. Mays. He said: “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Behavior Modification, Part 2.”

An example of how positive reinforcemet can alter behavior is a study on smoking reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Participants had all smoked at least twenty-five cigarettes a day for at least a year and were asked to abstain for at least a month, an accomplishment that was verified by monitoring the carbon monoxide levels in their blood. Those who succeeded had no more support than the others. What made the difference is that they used positive reinforcement, reminding themselves frequently of the health benefits and rewarding themselves with “gifts” purchased from the money they had saved by not buying cigarettes. Those who failed used negative reminders, such as how weak they would seem if they went back to smoking or punishing themselves for slips.

So there are two points to keep in mind: (1) punishing yourself for failure is not nearly as effective as rewarding yourself for success, because positive reinforcement is by far the most effective way of changing behavior; and (2) you must reward yourself for each small success, not just for major achievements. If you start working on your income tax but soon get tired and quit, don’t punish yourself for your failure; instead, reward yourself for having started the task. Then contrive another token reward to give yourself when you get started again.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

Behavior Modification, Part 1 (Get Things Done Episode #115)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #115 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 14:23 says: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Our quote for today is from John F. Kennedy. He said: “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Behavior Modification, Part 1.”

Misuse of time seldom involves an isolated incident; it usually is part of a well-established pattern of behavior, and to change for the better we often must grapple with a habit that has been developed over many years.

There are two ways to change behavior patterns. One (described in the section on procrastination) involves forcing yourself to practice the new behavior pattern until it becomes ingrained. The other involves gradually “shaping” behavior through a system of rewards, the behavior modification technique generally associated with B. F. Skinner of Harvard.

If you were to go all the way with behavior mod, you would plot carefully, perhaps on a logarithmic graph, the specific habits you wanted to reinforce or extinguish so that you could accurately measure your progress. And you might want to try aversion techniques, which cause undesired acts to evoke unpleasant associations.

For most of us, though, the important thing to learn is that any behavior that is followed by something pleasant tends to be reinforced and is more likely to happen again. You can get this reinforcement from others, but you can also reinforce your own behavior by giving yourself some kind of token reward for accomplishing (or starting or sticking with) a difficult or tedious task; staying with a priority item instead of getting sidetracked on a secondary job; getting started on an unpleasant task; turning down an unimportant but time consuming request. The reward can be something trivial, as long as it has pleasant connotations. It can be tangible–a stick of gum, a drink of water, a snack. It could be giving yourself permission to do something–taking a break or leaving work a little early or buying a pair of shoes. Or it can consist of nothing more than giving yourself a mental pat on the back every time you take a small step in the right direction.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

Alcohol (Get Things Done Episode #114)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #114 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Colossians 3:23-24 says: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Our quote for today is from Bruce Lee. He said: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Alcohol.”

A drink before (or with) lunch is a good way to transform early-afternoon prime time into secondary time. Alcohol is a depressant, and if you use it in the middle of the work day, you are diminishing your effectiveness.

But it relaxes you, you say. True. But in midday this kind of relaxation is the last thing you need.

A secondary effect of a drink before lunch is that it sharpens the appetite, causing you to order a heavier lunch than you would otherwise–compounding the problem of afternoon lethargy.

The head of one advertising agency dealt with the problem by calling his staff together and saying, “It has come to my attention that quite a few of you make it a practice to have a three-martini lunch. I want you to know that I have no objection to this–what you do on your lunch hour is your own business–but I would appreciate it if you would have those martinis made with gin rather than vodka. I realize that vodka is a little more difficult to detect on the breath, but that’s just the point. When you call on our clients in the afternoon, I’d much rather have them think you’re drunk than stupid!”

In recent years the ritual of a cocktail prior to a business lunch has become less common, which is encouraging. The old navy custom of refraining from drinking until the sun is over the yardarm is still a sound policy.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

After-Action Reports (Get Things Done Podcast #113)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #113 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Our quote for today is from Paul J. Meyer. He said: “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “After-Action Reports.”

When your annual meeting is over, before you pack up all the unused brochures and settle your account with the catering manager, sit down in a quiet corner and make two lists: (1) everything you did right, and (2) everything you did wrong. Then put it in the file for next year’s meeting.

The military calls this an after-action report, and it’s one bit of military red tape that is worthwhile and should be adopted by any organization of any size. Such a report should be made on any significant activity that is going to recur in the future, whether it’s a convention, a corporate acquisition, or a backpack trip. Memory is treacherous, and a year from now you will have forgotten the valuable lessons you learned this time around.

Your brief written record of what happened and why, including recommendations for how to do it better and more quickly next time, can save a lot of time and energy.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

Get Things Done Episode #112

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #112 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 “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Ephesians 5:15-17 says: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Our quote for today is from Lord Chesterfield. He said: “There is nothing which I wish more that you should know, and which fewer people do know, than the true use and value of time. It is in everybody’s mouth, but in few people’s practice. Every fool, who slatters away his whole time in nothing, utters, however, some trite commonplace sentence, of which there are millions, to prove, at once, the value and the fleetness of time. The sun-dials all over Europe have some ingenious inscriptions to that effect; so that nobody squanders away their time without hearing and seeing daily how necessary it is to employ well, and how irrecoverable it is if lost.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Introduction.”

I first became interested in patterns of time use many years ago when, as an assistant to a United States senator, I was struck with similarities in the operating styles of the more successful members of Congress. Faced with urgent and conflicting demands on their time–for committee work, floor votes, roll calls, speeches, ceremonies, interviews, briefings, correspondence, investigations, constituents’ problems, and above all, the need to be informed on a wide range of unrelated subjects–they develop techniques for getting maximum benefit from minimum investments of time. They learn to set priorities in relation to their own goals rather than someone else’s; they learn to screen themselves from unwarranted interruptions; they learn to delegate, to plan, to concentrate on important things, and to disregard trivia. If they don’t learn, they don’t return.

More recently, as a consultant, I have worked with top executives of hundreds of corporations. Again I have been impressed by the way the more successful ones always seem to have ample time for important matters, such as planning, and manage to stave off intrusions and activities that are non-productive or trivial. It is true that they have more opportunity than most people to delegate time-consuming tasks, but that is only part of the reason for their effectiveness. They think in terms of objectives rather than activities; they make most decisions quickly; they speak and write concisely; they avoid procrastination; they treat their time as the precious and limited resource that it is.

As I became more conscious of time use, I began to apply in my own life some of the techniques I had observed, realizing that I was not one of those favored few to whom effective time use came naturally; and when I found how much more I could accomplish, I decided to write this book. The subjects are listed alphabetically, but if you’d prefer to begin with an overview of what time management is all about, I’d suggest that you start with “Categories of Time Use.”

Incidentally, most of the examples used in this book relate to the business world and to the office, but I hope you won’t take that to mean that these concepts are useful only in business. The principles of time management are universal, and they apply in any setting. The techniques that can make corporate board meetings more effective are the same techniques that will put life into the meetings of the social committee of a square-dance club.

Before you begin, think for a moment about time. Could you define it? Probably not. The best my American Heritage Dictionary could come up with is “a nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession,” which I don’t find very helpful. I much prefer Ben Franklin’s well-known definition: “Time is the stuff of which life is made.”

If you will begin thinking of it in those terms, you are already on your way toward some drastic changes in the way you live…from this moment on.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic 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.

A Final Word (Get Things Done #111)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #111 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. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Our quote for today is from Michael Landon. He said: “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “A Final Word.”

By now I consider you a kindred spirit. You share my fascination with this exasperating quirk of human nature called procrastination, or you wouldn’t have picked up this book, and you share my conviction that it can be overcome, or you wouldn’t have troubled to read to the end.

I wish you success in your efforts. Be assured that you will be rewarded with a new sense of mastery over events and over yourself, and that you will find you are moving ever closer to the heights of self-realization that you hope to reach.

This concludes our reading of “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss.

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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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 15 (Get Things Done #110)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #110 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. Galations 6:9 says: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Our quote for today is from J. R. R. Tolkien. He said: “It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 15 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

37. My biorhythms are out of sync.

The biorhythm fad is harmless enough as a parlor game, but when it becomes an excuse for postponing something you know you should do, it’s time to put your biorhythm charts the same place you put your old fortune cookie slips. Your time and your life are too precious to entrust to the vagaries of a silicon soothsayer. As Shakespeare might have said,

Men at some times are masters of their fate:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our biorhythms,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

38. The sooner I get behind, the more time I’ll have in which to get caught up.

I’ve run into this delightful bit of sophistry several times in my time management and anti-procrastination seminars, and I’m still not sure that it’s just a put-on. It bears out my contention that experienced procrastinators develop a creative logic all their own.

39. I’ll wait until the first of the year and make a New Years resolution.

Or, I’ll begin my diet next Monday.

Or, I’ll begin practicing good study habits as soon as I get into college.

Or, I’ll start exercising regularly as soon as I retire.

This practice of postponing the establishment of a new habit until some date in the future seldom works. It is predicated on the assumption that you are going to have more willpower then than you have now, but you won’t. Be honest with yourself: what’s the advantage of striking when the iron’s cold?

40. It’s too late now, anyway.

This one is irrefutable. No use closing the barn door after the horse gets out, is there?

But why did the horse get out? Because you were willing to accept one of the 39 other cop-outs as a valid reason for not closing the door when you should have, that’s why.

How about it—do you have any barn doors that need closing right now?

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

– – – – – – – – –

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 14 (Get Things Done #109)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #109 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. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says: “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”

Our quote for today is from Madam C. J. Walker. She said: “There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 14 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

35. Before starting I think I’ll take a break.

(This ploy has many variations—before starting I’m going to have a cigarette, or a snack, or a Coke, or I’m going to read the newspaper.)

This is usually a mistake. Instead of putting off the unpleasant task until after you have done something pleasant, reverse the procedure and use the pleasurable activity as a reward for having begun what you are tempted to postpone. Say to yourself, “Yes, I’m due for a break, but before I begin it I’m going to make at least a start on that unpleasant task.” Make that preliminary phone call, or draft the outline, or get out the file and put it where you can’t ignore it when you come back—anything to give you a bit of momentum, so that when you return you can land running. (We are assuming here, of course, that the task is a large one. If it’s small, then by all means make the break contingent upon finishing it, not just getting started.)

The thing to keep in mind is that to be psychologically effective, reinforcement must come after, not before, the desired behavior.

36. I’ll do it as soon as 1 take care of some preliminary tasks.

Here you are being a little more cunning than in the previous case. Instead of just delaying in order to relax or goof off, you are getting started on a related task, which makes the delay seem justified.

And indeed it may be. Before sawing wood, there’s nothing wrong with sharpening your saw if it really needs it. The trouble is that so often these preliminary chores turn out to be substitute chores. You decide to sharpen your saw, but you find your file is gummed up. After you clean it, you notice that the workbench vise is wobbly, so you fix that. When you finally get the saw sharpened, you decide that while you’re at it you might as well sharpen the other saw, which, incidentally, has a loose handle that needs to be fixed. By now you’ve forgotten what it was you started out to do, so you spend the next hour reorganizing your tools.

If a preliminary task must be done, do it; but remember that these tasks have a tendency to become red herrings. Keep your mind on the ultimate objective.

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

– – – – – – – – –

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.

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

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.

– – – – – – – – –

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.

Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs, Part 11 (Get Things Done #106)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #106 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. Proverbs 14:23 says: “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”

Our quote for today is from John F. Kennedy. He said: “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at Part 11 of Step 13: “Learn to Deal with the Top Forty Cop-outs.”

27. There a a good TV program on.

Two decades ago, FCC Chairman Newton Minow referred to television as a “vast wasteland.” The phrase still applies, and it conjures up in my mind’s eye a landscape littered with countless ruins of unfulfilled plans, aborted ventures, unrealized dreams—not just on the part of the producers, but also of the viewers, who try to select the least tedious of several mediocre shows instead of turning the set off and doing something. If the activity you are postponing really ranks below the typical situation comedy or quiz show in priority, then it’s not worth doing at all, so forget it. But give some thought to whether you ought to be striving for some more challenging goals.

28. As soon as I start, somebody will probably interrupt.

If the hustle and bustle around you is creating a mental block, do something about your environment. Seclude yourself, if you can. Close the door and resolve not to open it until the task is done. At a minimum, tell the people around you that you need some time to concentrate (and let them know what the task is that you’re working on, so you have the added prod of having made a commitment to do it). Explain that you would like to be incommunicado until you finish. It won’t always work, but you’ll be surprised how often it will. People tend to respect the privacy of someone who seems determined to concentrate on a task until it’s done.

29. It needs further study.

Everything does. Meanwhile, go ahead on the basis of what you know, if you have a pretty good hunch as to what that further study is likely to confirm. Remember the words of the ancient maxim: “He who considers too much will perform little.”

30. My horoscope indicates this is the wrong time.

Far be it from me to want to come between you and your astrologer. And yet . . . well, let’s put it this way: I’m told that astrologers, like surgeons, sometimes disagree. Before you ever postpone anything on purely astrological grounds, may I suggest that you at least consider getting a second opinion?

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

– – – – – – – – –

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.