I don’t know about any of you but I’m a serious procrastinator. I also get distracted easily which is not a good combination with procrastination. The following clip sums up my daily struggle pretty well.
I start one project and get an idea for another. Soon, I find myself abandoning the project, whether it be a novel in the works, or something as simple as cleaning my room, and moving on to something else. I can’t tell you how many times it took me to figure out that what I was doing was wrong and I’d never accomplish anything if I didn’t stop the habit.
As far as my writing goes, I’d find myself halfway through a WIP (work in progress) and get a “better” idea for a completely other book and abandon the WIP that was going well. My first finished book took me three years to write and even though it was a complicated story line, it lacked a lot and took a long time to complete it by the simple fact that I would write whenever I “felt” like it. Four years down the road, I realize my weakness and have confronted it head on. Sometimes, I’ll admit more than I’d like, I find myself entertaining old habits. But where would I be in life, if I never completed anything? I wouldn’t be finishing up community college and transferring to a four-year university and I wouldn’t have completed two books and close to finishing a third. I’d still be typing out my first book and probably hating every word I typed.
This doesn’t just go for writing. Imagine procrastinating in the Kingdom. “Oh, I’ll read my devotional later. I’m busy watching TV, or cooking dinner.” Or- “I’m too busy to go to church. I’ll go on Sunday.” “I’ll just sum up my prayers because I’ve got to get up early for school.”
Often we may find ourselves guilty of making up excuses as to why we aren’t filling ourselves up with Christ. Instead, we fill our minds with reality TV, magazines, the news, or the newest album that was released last night. Before we know it another day has ended and we haven’t read our devotional or gone to church. I’ve been guilty of that and I know it’s something I have to work on.
Why do we give God five minutes and ask for His undivided attention? He’s worth more than five or ten minutes. I owe him my life and everything I’ll ever achieve is through Him. So why do we give so little to Him and ask for so much in return? Why do we procrastinate diving head first into God’s word when that’s the very thing that gives us life?
We can’t afford to be lazy with our Christian walk because the moment we slip up the devil is right there condemning us. How we’re no good, how we’ll never amount to anything, or how we’re a constant disappoint. For the most part, we feed those fears when we should be stomping that flame out.
James 4:7 says it best:
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When we resist the temptation to skip church, or to skip a devotional day, the devil realizes he can’t win. When we continually read His word our guard against the devil is strengthened. It’ll become harder and harder for the devil to make you feel worthless.
The past couple of months procrastination has looked me straight in the face and taunted me. But by reading the Bible every day and girding myself with His Truth I find myself encouraged to take on every challenge that comes my way.