For whatever reason I’ve been putting off writing this article. I’ve been busy and committed to writing for my own blog and I’ve procrastinated writing this article.
I have no good reason for putting it off, just a list of meaningless excuses, mainly around the idea I have no idea what to write about.
As Christian women we talk so much about not doing things because we are afraid, but I would like to discuss another reason for not doing what needs to be done: PROCRASTINATION.
According to Wikipedia:
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task or objective which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of life — putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt.
There are multiple things I procrastinate with doing each day.
I’ll do the laundry/dishes/ (fill in your chore here) later
I’ll write later when I feel like doing it
I’ll do this assignment at work later because it will take too much time now
I’ll spend more time with my husband/ children later when I’m not so tired.
Procrastination is laziness.
We know the bible has much to say about laziness.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17
The bible also has something to say about making excuses.
To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-62
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Romans 7:20-21
So from these verses we can easily conclude that laziness is a lack of self-discipline, or is it?
On the surface it seems that lazy people suffer and busy people prosper, but giving careful thought to our ways is more than just do it or don’t do it.
It’s reminding ourselves who we are doing it for.
I’m doing the laundry or dishes to serve my family and ultimately honor God.
I’m writing not just for myself but so that others can see and experience the fullness of God.
I’m doing this assignment at work because I want to honor God with my time and the strengths that He has given me to be able to create wealth.
I’m spending more time with my husband/ children now because cultivating close relationships are important to me because it is import to God.
When we take ourselves out of the equation it is easier to complete the task at hand.
We all do things we don’t want to do, but when we realize that it is not about us or our feelings it about honoring God with every choice you make it becomes a little easier to chose the right things now.
We are created to honor God with our lives and that includes with every decision we make.
Our God-given talents are God-given to us for a reason. We are not called to sit on our gifts, but to use them to give glory to God.
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece Proverbs 16:27
When we procrastinate it gives the enemy time to come in and pull us away from God.
Doing what we know we need to do (even that pile of dirty dishes in your sink right now) honors God because it shows him we appreciate all that He has done for us and what He has given us.
The caveat to this is that our relationships will always rule over chores and tasks, but choosing to do what we are called to do empowers us to continue to do what we need to do not only when we feel like it, but also because we committed to doing it.
I seriously considered backing out of writing this post because I could come up with 10000 excuses of how I did not have time or inspiration to write. I am so glad I didn’t.
When we do what we are called to do, God works through us.
I ask you today sweet friends, what is one thing that you have been putting off that you know you need to do?
Maybe it is housework, maybe it is calling a friend or relative that you had a falling out with. Maybe it is taking the next step in your career or volunteering at your church.
Whatever it is , I urge you to not procrastinate, to instead to pursue your next course of action with the passion and purpose God has given you.
Blessings sweet friends!