If you look up “procrastination” in your Funk and Wagnals you’ll see my mug shot. The inscription beneath my photo reads, “If it weren’t for the last minute I wouldn’t get anything done.”
Amy Torres wrote about procrastination on the Writing Cooperative today. Mrs. Torres discusses the types of putting off we do. She suggests most, if not all, of us spend as much as 50% of our lifetime procrastinating. I would have thought that number to be higher given my propensity to put stuff off.
I wear a bracelet we got at church for a sermon series our pastor shared. The bracelet says, “Why Wait? Act Now!” His series admonished us to act, not wait, when God tells us to do something.
Jesus told a man, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-62.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!” As the door turns on its hinges, So does the sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again. Proverbs 26:13-15.
I don’t have any miracle cures for your procrastination. I’m saving my energy to battle my own every day.
It is easy to put God’s leading off. As I write this post I’m two weeks behind in my Experiencing God men’s Bible Study. I put off my quiet time today to watch our house wrens feed their babies. I’d rather watch Law & Order reruns than read God’s word.
Is God sad about my procrastination? Will He punish me for putting Him off? No and No. God is waiting patiently beside me. Loving me unconditionally. And waiting. He’s waiting patiently for me do get off my lazy “but” and act now to get back into the intimate fellowship with Him I crave.