PROCRASTINATION

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“I’ll do it tomorrow. I don’t feel like doing it right now. I’m too busy. I just don’t feel like doing anything (laziness). We’ve all heard this or had this experience before… This mindset is called ‘PROCRASTINATION.’ 

Procrastination is the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done. For some people, it’s a habitual way of handling any task in their lives. At times, we find ourselves pushing forward what we ought to do, sometimes things that are very important, useful, and relevant. 

I must admit, for about a year now, I’ve postponed making this blog public and sharing the word of God. I always wanted to make it perfect first, or I wanted to wait until everything was working out perfectly in my life. Worst of all, I wanted to wait until I was sinless. I used to think, how can I preach water while I am drinking wine, lol? Which is true anyway because, in all honesty, our actions should reflect what comes out of our mouths. But all in all, none of us walking in this fallen world can be sinless, for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, as stated in Romans 3:23 [NIV] “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and 1 John 1:8 [NIV] “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Y’all, you don’t need to be perfect before you can share about Jesus. 

Procrastination makes you vulnerable to the devil’s three big D’s (Darkness, Deception, and Distraction). In darkness, he blinds you to miss out on opportunities. In deception, he makes you believe that you don’t have what it takes to do it. In distraction, he stalls your precious time and ideas. 

Luke 9:59-62 [NIV] says, “He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Still, another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.” 

I recently got convicted by the above verses because I always had something else to do rather than make this blog public and start sharing. And when I came across them, checkmate, I was missing out on a wonderful opportunity. Oh, how I gave God so many excuses for not doing this yet. My people, there will never be a perfect time. When God calls you, just do it. #OBEDIENCE. 

This same principle applies to our daily life too. The things we always postpone doing yet they will be beneficial to us. I just want to share that we should watch out for procrastination; it is a thief of precious time and ideas. And it is also a sin. James 4:17[NIV] says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” This also emphasizes the fact that we must live in the moment. When you need to do something good, go ahead and do it. When an idea comes to mind, do not waste the opportunity by postponing it and talking about tomorrow, for only God knows about tomorrow. Claim the moment and do what you must do. 

Jesus shows a perfect example throughout his ministry when he instantly uses opportunities without waiting for what we call the “perfect time.” He sets the perfect example when he healed the man born blind by seizing the opportunity and using the resources at that moment to do what he had to do. Can you imagine using mud and saliva for healing, both of which seem and sound yucky and dirty to perform a miracle? He did not wait to have oil, or water, or whatever the perfect thing. John 9:4 [NIV] says, “Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “Wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So, the man went, washed, and came home seeing. 

It has been a year of dancing to the devil’s tune of darkness, deception, and distraction, but I thank God that He is faithful and just to forgive us 1 John 1:9 [NIV] “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. We also have confidence that He finishes what He has started Philippians 1:6 [NIV] “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 

So, friends, I finish by stating, do not postpone whatever you have to do in every area of your life in the name of waiting for perfection, especially when it comes to doing good. We must not procrastinate when it comes to sharing the word of God. There is no time to waste, or else these opportunities shall be given to others, and we end up missing out like below: 

Luke 14:15-24 [NIV] tells us, “When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’ Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still, another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ ‘Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'” 

Here I am, showing up for God to use me with all my imperfections. If I can do it, you can too. Believe me, every moment and opportunity is God-given, so make use of it as the days we live in are evil Ephesians 5: 15-17 [NIV]. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. 

Be wise and use your precious time in a precious manner. Be blessed. 💓🙏 

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