We live in a world that always has something important do at the moment. These tend to overshadow the beneficial not only for the moment, but for our lives. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Time. Probably like some of you, procrastination knocks at the door of my heart every day. If it was just a matter of a list getting longer and longer, I’m sure that I would eventually become frustrated by things not getting done and there would come a time when I would have to tackle them just in order to get through life and another day. But, that’s not the way procrastination works. As your heart pops up that burdensome list from time to time, a still, small voice can be heard saying, “If you simply knock off an item or two, everything will be OK.” The fact of the matter is, there are few of us who ever really conquer procrastination taking a path of least resistance. Tomorrow’s draw just keeps getting stronger and stronger and we live in hope that there always will be a tomorrow and that something will inevitably happen to miraculously relieve us of jobs not done. But, seldom is that hope realized and often is it disappointed.
The real problem with procrastination isn’t the fact that things don’t get done and we run out of time to do them. The real problem with procrastination is all of the things that we start and don’t finish. We put the emission’s testing forms in the car but fail to drive to the station. The property tax bill is stuck to the fridge along with a whole bunch of other “To Do’s” but we haven’t written out the check. It’s the starts and stops in life that clutter things up with long lists of half- done, undone and barely started “things.” Eventually the stuff we start out of hope but don’t finish becomes what we detest and complete, perhaps only half-heartedly. In a very real sense, procrastination is the art of keeping up with yester- day, mired in the present while living in dread of tomorrow. If we wait to do today’s work tomorrow, we’ll often be disappointed in the small amount that we actually accomplish.
We live in a world that always has something important for us to do at the moment. These somethings tend to overshad- ow those things needful and beneficial not only for the moment, but for our lives. We become too busy to accommodate those things, like daily prayer and Bible study, to do the things that are important not only for today but for all of our tomorrows. With some things, especially those pertaining to our souls, there just simply isn’t any time like the present.
We pray. Heavenly Father, you have taught us to use our time wisely. Jesus packed an entire ministry into three years; you have given us a lifetime. May we keep each moment, therefore, as precious, guarding it and seizing it to do the important work that you have given us to do while we are here on earth. Teach us Father to use our moments wisely, holding them as valuable as the most precious commodity you have given to us in this life. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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