Proverbs 24:30-34 “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”
There have been certain projects that I have let go around my home and have come to find that in time, it would have been far easier and much less expensive to have done it at the time I recognized it.
By definition, procrastination means: the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. We all have had some thing, some task that has needed our immediate attention. But there is a far greater damage done when we procrastinate in relationships.
James 1:19 says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
So, clearly, there are things to do swiftly and things done more slowly. Steve Curington, the founder of Reformer Unanimous – now RU Recovery – coined a phrase that has been one I have employed as principle in my life. “Keep short accounts.” He would specify in all our relationships; God first when we sin, but also one another when we wrong someone or they us. Having forgiveness in ready. The ‘short’ being the distance of time between the offense and the giving of forgiveness: even when we, in our heart, feel they don’t deserve it.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
We often allow selfishness to creep in thinking, ‘They hurt me deeply, and God wants me to forgive them???’ That inward focus can be so destructive for many reasons, but in light of Ephesians, I must truly consider the forgiveness extended me by God when forgiving those who offended me.
Putting off those things in relationships are destructive and get harder to repair the longer they go on. Many have stood by the side of a casket, lamenting over the fact that the last words spoken to their loved one now gone, were words of hatred, words of criticism and selfish bitterness.
Others have come to a gravesite after coming to the realization what destruction their bitterness has caused and making amends becomes one-sided. Procrastinating in the area of relationships is damaging and the results can leave wounds and scars that do not heal easily. We hear Christ speaking these words of Mary Magdalene:
Luke 7:47 “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
We often we think in regards to the ‘amount’ of sins committed as the determining factor correlating to the amount of love she had for her Savior. Dear child of God, can you think for one moment with me that any ONE of the sins we have committed singly, could damn our soul to hell? Whether one or one hundred thousand and one, my/our focus is on what it took to offer the forgiveness – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to wash that sin from my record – not the amount.
Throughout the years, I have run across those who, for some reason, feel they can put off or prolong the conviction of the Holy Spirit when the need to be saved is present. God’s word says;
2 Corinthians 6:2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”
One more day of pleasure, one more day of fun, one more day of amusements; these become nails in the coffin of the procrastinator. The procrastinator becomes wise only when he/she repents of that which held us from making the decision and swiftly does what needed to be done. Prolonging increases the damage, incurs more collateral damage, and in the end: regret.
This being a Monday, often finds me in preparation mode. What will I need for this week? Financially, physically, and mentally preparing for my week helps to minimize the surprises I face, but it also helps to reduce the stress for things I could not have planned. When what is in our control is planned that which is out of our control won’t send us into a tailspin.
Determine that this week you will begin each day seeking God: His presence, His power, His provision, His protection. Then, under the shadow of His wings, you can face, with confidence, anything that will come your way.Don’t put off till tomorrow, what can begin today! Happy Monday!