|Posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM|
Ahhh, procrastination. Something I'm very familiar with. It seems the busier life gets, the easier it is to put things off...to ignore that phone call that you should make...to postpone the dinner plans with that friend you haven't seen often enough...to play video games instead of homework. As hard as it is to admit, I'm a horrible procrastinator. This procrastination has gotten me into situations I'd never wish on anyone.
You see, the funny thing about putting things off is that you don't always get a chance to go back and re-do (or simply DO) what you know you're supposed to do. You don't always get a second chance to have a relationship with someone when you put off calling for months at a time. You don't always get a chance to develop a friendship and do something worthwhile when you let your thoughts get in the way of your action. You don't always get to succeed if you never start, if you just take the easy way out.
Jesus had a few things to say about taking action, about doing what needs to be done. The first place I noticed this was in Mark 4:24. This verse really made me see how wrong I've been, putting things off and shelving all the things God wants me to do because they're "scary" or "not fun". "Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given."
The other verse that stood out to me in thinking about procrastination actually talks about Jesus' return. If we put off the things we know are right, we could miss the boat. If we don't get our hearts, our homes, our relationships in line with God's plan...well, we don't get a second chance. Mark 13:33 says "Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." Jesus tells us to be ready. Jesus does NOT tell us to make excuses, to let our fear get the best of us, to aim for what's comfortable - He says to take heed, because we don't know tomorrow.
If you aren't sure you really know how to get ready, pick up your Bible. Read it, often, even if it's not the same as playing a video game. Pray. Every day, pray. And don't worry about sounding like you're talking to yourself because you're not. If you've never heard anything about this before, I urge you to click on our "Path to Salvation" link. Please email us, or a friend, or ANYONE if you have questions or need help. Just please, don't let it wait.
You are loved.