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Monday, March 18, 2013

What To Do About Procrastination In My Life

In summary of Proverbs 13:4 it says, "Lazy people want and crave much but will get little, but those who are diligent and work hard will prosper and have something to show for their lives."

Bottom Line:
The lazy will not get what they want, but those who work hard will.

What this means to me:
No matter how much a lazy person will want something, even crave it, their appetites will never be satisfied and they will never get what they want.  However, those who work hard and diligently will prosper and have something to show for their lives.  Procrastination is probably one of my key weaknesses.  God's word points out that procrastination occurs for one of five reasons.

  • Indecision - "A double minded man is unstable in all he does." (James 1:8 LB) Indecision causes me to postpone taking action against something.
  • Perfectionism - "If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done!" (Ecclesiastes 11:4 LB) If I wait for all things to be perfect, I'll end up waiting a very long time. 
  • Fear - "The fear of man is a trap." (Proverbs 29:25 LB) This is where I postponing doing something important; seeing a doctor/dentist, getting the counsel I might be needed (I may just need to ask myself "What am I afraid of?")
  • Anger - "A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive." (Proverbs 18:9 GNT) Procrastination is passive resistance. I don't want to do it because I don't like you telling me to do what I have to do. Anger causes me to put things off.
  • Laziness -"Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering." (Proverbs 13:4 LB) One of the most popular words in our culture is "easy." If it's easy, we like it. If it's hard, we don't like it. 

The next time I find myself procrastinating, I'll stop and ask myself why. Then ask God to help me overcome it so I can move forward and do what I need to do.