What are you saying when you continually delay doing what you said you would do? What are you saying when you settle for less than you know you could do?
God hears exactly what you are saying, and he wants to have a talk with you about it right now.
Yip, sit down sister, Daddy has called his girls in for a family gathering to get some things straight. Not to condemn or punish us, but instead to help us see the root of why we do what we do and empower us to change anything that needs to be changed.
If you’ve been on Facebook this week, you’ve likely seen it … this little screen shot image that went viral. A black background, white words with the profile name of Ovyee. Have you seen it?
“Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God owes you another opportunity to do what you had time to do.”
Well, that hits different doesn’t it? Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God OWES you ANOTHER opportunity to do what you HAD TIME to do. This is a misuse of time we’re talking about here. An entitlement that says we’ll have time later.
Honey, stop right now and think about this … what have you been putting off that would cause great regret if you never got another opportunity to do it? You think “I should reach out … I should make that phone call … I should mend that relationship … I should get up and get started … I should … I should …” You’re should’ing all over yourself.
You know you should, but you’ve been waiting until tomorrow for so dang long and tomorrow never seems to show up. But we never see the urgency in doing it today because we arrogantly assume God will supply another opportunity. And we also arrogantly assume the next opportunity will be better timed and feel a little more comfortable than the one we just passed up.
WRONG. This stuff never gets easier, it only gets harder.
Proverbs 6:4 “Don’t put it off, do it now. Don’t rest until you do.”
Well dang, that’s clear isn’t it? Where have you been opting for REST over ACTION? What if you made a commitment right here today, that you would not rest again until you’ve taken action?
I’m talking about really practical things like that nasty butt kitchen that’s been piling up all week. I’m talking about the laundry that’s taking over your entire bedroom. I’m talking about the pile of mail that covers your kitchen table.
You say “ahhhh, Pamela, God doesn’t really care about the state of my house and petty little chores.”
You’re right, I don’t think that will make an ounce of difference at the end of your life. Not a single person will be consumed with thoughts of dirty dishes, laundry or bills in their final breath. BUT, here’s why this little stuff is important … it sets a precedence for how you handle everything.
If it’s not your house, maybe it’s your relationships. It’s your health. It’s your finances.
If you procrastinate on little things, you will procrastinate doing bigger things that God calls you to do. This is not only proving your faithfulness, but this is creating a work ethic for your life.
Maybe that’s what we need … we need an improved work ethic for our lives. We’ve gotten lazy. We’ve gotten used to delaying the things we could so easily do today. THAT CHANGES TODAY. WE DON’T GO TO BED UNTIL WE DO THOSE THINGS WE KNOW WE NEED TO DO.
Let’s break this arrogant assumption that somehow God owes us more time to do what we should have already done. If you’ve been given the opportunity to do what you know you need to do today, then get to doing it.
With this perspective, our nasty little habit of procrastination is no longer just so...