Light Talk: The Danger of Procrastination


How many times that you were set to have a meeting at 8:00 in the morning but your slackness gets into the way. You put off chores to be addressed right away a day before and in the nick of time all those chores gets cluttered; one thing on top of the other. Then your phone rings and the person you are going to have a meeting with asks: “where are you?” You reply: “I am on my way” well in fact you were just about to take a shower. – PROCRASTINATION! How long do we desire to keep it this way?

Procrastination is defined as: To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. To postpone or delay needlessly.

It starts with lateness, and that tiny latency, and that lack of desire and intentionality to be prompt. This movement gives birth to the shades of procrastination. The attitude begins with a little” I’ll do it later”, soon after ” I’ll do it tomorrow”, then ” Promise next week I’ll do it.” Promises you yourself is not convinced to fulfill, then so on and so forth, until your procrastination becomes widespread. Procrastination that is bigger than yourself, bigger than your home, bigger that your whole universe. It extends its borders until people around you gets so affected, vexed, hurt,miserable and worse destroyed. A little procrastination can lead to losing your Job,bankruptcy,poverty,severed relationship,sour business,resentment, failure upon failure,stealing,habitual chronic lying and death.
The saddest part of procrastination is that the fruit of despair doesn’t just affect the person who is procrastinating, more so the people around procrastinators. It has a ripple effect and it just doesn’t stop. Procrastination according to Joyce Meyer “is a thief”. I would say denying one’s procrastination makes one fall into more procrastination, justifying it makes procrastination a Life -STYLE. ” our Second Nature.”

Proverbs 6:4“Don’t procrastinate – there’s no time to lose.”

Jesus Christ knocks into the door of our hearts and yet we put it off, we know what everlasting life is, yet we put off the chance to be co-heirs of His Kingdom; And if we were saved, we procrastinate in working out our salvation with much fear and trembling, that we reluctantly embrace that we were set apart toward sanctification for God’s Glory. We put off our striving for personal holiness, and if someone does advocate personal holiness, he ends up being called judgmental and self-righteous. Where do we draw the line? Do we justify our actions of putting off sanctification because of the understanding that God is simply good and Gracious? Do we tell ourselves God is our judge and only God knows the condition of our hearts. Yes definitely , but God commanded us; as we are set apart for His purpose we should desire to be Holy and not procrastinate in doing so. This includes all our dealings, plans, concerns and everything under the sun.

1 Peter 1:16“for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

The little utterances of “I will do it later.” is as humongous as not finishing well.

Prayer: Lord let me do good, doing good at the right time for the right reason. May the holy Spirit’s prompting be so clear to me that I may Obey you with promptness and humility in Jesus name Amen!

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