My ability to procrastinate is only outclassed by my ability to ignore the procrastination itself. I have no guilt with either of these activities. As I am sitting here writing this post, I look around my office and see that it is obscured with unfinished and incomplete, dusty, objects I hesitate to call sin. God on the other hand disagrees with me, as I can see in the scriptures. Ephesians 5:16 says, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil and Colosians 4:5 says, walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. These verses are specifically speaking of our walk with the Lord in an evil time, so I may be taking liberality with the word, but God’s conviction on my heart to be faithful in the little things weighs pretty heavily. : ( My excuses carry concern only for myself, as God is so much bigger.
One of my excuses is lazy. I simply don’t put things away that will be gotten back out within short periods of time. Procrastination has cluttered my desk and left me with the ability to find nothing! Another, I’m visual so if I can see things I remember them. Again this has deepened the piles on my desk and left me searching for missing items. Another is fear. Several years ago, I felt like we should try do a bicycle safety class with the police department in our town. I did not act on this until much time had passed. At that point when I talked to an officer there was absolutely no interest in doing it. How sad that I was not faithful. Children are better protected with bicycle safety. Another is indecision. Whether the debris of clutter has no home, or doesn’t belong to me, is not ample excuse for doing nothing. God is a good decision maker : )) And James says to ask Him for wisdom….. I’m sure you can think of other excuses, that I have not mentioned. This sin is deeply rooted and it’s past time for removal. I’m glad God’s God, because yikes! this is a pattern from childhood and I don’t even realize what’s happening until later.
I scold my children for not standing where they are supposed to be, whether in school work, housework or lessons of life. As soldiers of old, stood on the walls of the city, ready for battle, I want my children ready. Standing where they are placed, alert, and armoured. And now here am I poorly positioned, unprepared, somewhat careless really. Ask God to show you areas in your life that He wants to change, and be glorified in. “God forgive me for this sin of procrastination. For not being faithful, for not taking the little things seriously. For believing I could build with such a poor foundation piece. Open my eyes to see each false step, for quick repentance and turning around. Give me wisdom to deal with this mess I’ve created, and to train my children so they don’t fall into the same trap. Thank you Father”.