Ecclesiastes 5:4 (HCSB) When you make a vow to God, don’t delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.
When turbulent times arrive, it’s easy (and tempting) to avoid those challenging task that you would prefer to avoid altogether. But the habit of procrastination takes a double toll: First, important work goes unfinished, and second, valuable energy is wasted in the process of putting off the things that remain undone.
If you find yourself bound by the chains of procrastination, ask yourself what are you waiting for, or more accurately what are you afraid of? And why? As you examine the emotional stumbling blocks that have blocked your path, you may discover that you are waiting for the “perfect” moment, that instant in time when you feel neither afraid nor anxious. But in truth, perfect moments like these are few and far between.
So stop waiting for the perfect moment and focus, instead, on finding the right moment to do what needs to be done. Then, trust God and get busy. When you do, you’ll discover that you and the Lord, working together, can accomplish great things, and that you can accomplish them sooner rather than later. I have some things in my life that I have to move on now, how about you?
Once you acquire the courage of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done, you will avoid untold trouble, worry, and stress. So learn to defeat procrastination by paying less attention to your fears and more attention to your responsibilities. God has created a world that punishes procrastinators and rewards men and women who “do it now.”
Point to ponder- In other words, life doesn’t wait on any of us fine people of God, and neither should you? Be careful of the problem areas in your life that have earmarks of procrastination.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when we are confronted with things that need to be done, give us your courage and wisdom to do them now, not later. Amen, Amen!
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