The Time To Act Is Now


In everything that [Hezekiah] undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV

Procrastination makes easy things hard, and hard things harder.

Mason Cooley

The day ahead promises to be busy. Your schedule is full. Your to-do list is spilling onto a second page. But there are a few items at the bottom of the list that were there yesterday, as well as the day before, the week before, maybe even the month before. Procrastination complicates your life. You keep telling yourself that you work best under pressure, but the fact is that when tomorrow’s to do list comes around, all procrastination has brought you is more stress.

Accomplishing what need to be done today instead of putting it off until tomorrow or indefinitely helps your life run more smoothly. While procrastinating may seem to save you time today, all it really does is force a delayed task into the schedule of some day down the road. So why does anyone procrastinate? It could be the desire to avoid the unpleasant (making and embarrassing apology, gathering documentation for taxes, preparing for a meeting you’d rather not attend), or it could be an overloaded schedule or a touch of laziness.

Felix’s procrastination had a serious consequence. Felix, who was governor at the time of Paul, listened to the apostle talk about Jesus, but he delayed a decision. “As Paul went on discussing about goodness, self-control, and the coming Day of Judgement. Felix was afraid and said, ‘You may leave now. I will call you again when I get the chance.'” (Acts 24:25 GNT).
Unfortunately, Felix died a short time later.

If there’s something you’ve been putting off, face it head on. Once a week, choose to do one thing you’ve been procrastinating over. Before you know it, the weight of what’s been left undone will be lifted off your shoulders – and off your to-do list.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

Facing today’s tasks today keeps tomorrow more available to God’s precious possibilities.

Know the true value of time. Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Lord Chesterfield
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