Procrastination by definition is “to put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness”. I never thought of myself as a procrastinator- I mean who would call me lazy. I have always been a workaholi, now a semi-recovered one at this stage in my life. The truth is that, lately, I have become a “little bit” of a procrastinator when it comes to doing things that I THINK will be uncomfortable. For a long time, it was the 500 pound phone, then it became discussing finances with hubby but most of all I AVOID situations and people that will cause conflict.
When I read a blog by Mary Southerland at ibelieve entitled “DO IT NOW!”; the statement that hit home was “Procrastination is one of the greatest sources of stress in life”. So, if I am complaining about being stressed, what am I actually procrastinating about, right? If I look back on the past several weeks, the stress that I have felt can all be attributed to my “avoidance/ procrastination” usually to do with finances or leadership aspects in my business. I always say that I don’t like confrontation, although this is true, by saying it out loud, I have “given myself permission” to avoid doing something that I might actually need to do, that is part of God’s plan.
God’s plan does not include procrastination which he looks at as a sin. WHY? Because we are failing to do what we know we should do, whether it is in our business or in our personal lives. Okay, so now it is starting to REALLY hit home! It takes more energy to avoid a task then it does to just DO IT! Common sense right? What is it that you procrastinate about? While you are procrastinating , you are draining yourself of vital energy instead of producing energy by completing the task. God wants us to do what he calls us to do. Matthew 6:33 (NCV) “The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.” God will give you everything that you need, if you ask and are truly following his plan for your life.
So, what are you procrastinating about? I LOVE this line from Joyce Meyer, “Wisdom always chooses to do now what it will be satisfied with later on.” Will you seek to be more disciplined in your business and your personal life this week? Are you willing to seek out and live by God’s priorities for your life instead of your own? Share your strength and hope with us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!