Mark Twain once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.” There’s a word to describe that attitude. It is the word procrastination. The dictionary defines procrastination as the act of putting off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. OK. If we were all honest for a moment (sometimes it’s tough to do so – why is this the case? That’s a topic for a future blog!) we would all admit to procrastinating. Yes, some of us are better at it than others. But all of us are guilty of it from time to time. For me I tend to be an expert at procrastinating when it comes to the tough stuff of life. Things like a major project that needs started; the heavy letter that must be written; or the confrontation that must be done. I find it easy to put these things off until tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow!).
Even though procrastination is relatively acceptable in our culture (and therefore easy to ignore), I believe it is a tendency all of us must fight. Life is too short. The opportunities for Christ are too great. Therefore, we cannot allow ourselves to slip into this destructive pattern. Listen to and apply to your life these words of the Apostle Peter: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled” (1 Peter 1:13). Let’s purpose to stop procrastinating and get to the tasks to which God is calling us. And let’s do so TODAY!
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