“I’ll do that later”. Does that sound familiar? “Procrastination is the thief of time” says Edward Young (1683-1765). This intelligent man also quoted the popular saying, “Be wise with speed. A fool at forty is a fool indeed”. Wow…this is what I call HEAVY WORD!!! After I had Rebecca (my first child) in 2005, I thought to myself, “I need to start some postnatal exercises to get my tummy back.” Guess what happened? After 5 good years, I’m still dilly-dallying. I’ve read the postnatal handbook over and over and …..over again, that I know exactly what to do but didn’t do it. I can almost hear you say, “guilty”. We are all guilty of these things in one form or the other. I rose up this morning and started the tummy muscle stuff. “Easy peasy lemon squeezy”, I thought aloud. No wonder some mothers have flat tummies few months after giving birth. Did I hear you say “Liposuction”? Not at all. I mean non-celebrities that discipline themselves to do exercises. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to continue till my desired change comes.
There’s great harm in delay. Little wonder Jesus talked about settling scores with our brothers/sisters as a matter of urgency before offering ANY gifts at the altar (Matthew 5:23-24). Also, we must deal with our anger as quickly as possible before the sun goes down (Ephesians 4:26)
James 4:13-14 and Hebrews 3:12-15 explain it more. Take that first step like a child learning to walk and start that exercise too. Or maybe yours is a business proposal you’ve suspended for too long, or that career upgrade you talked about and you kept thinking of the perfect timing for years, or that visit or call to a friend you haven’t seen in a while or maybe a change in your diet that has tarried for too long. Have you made up your mind to witness to someone close but haven’t got the courage to do so? Have you heard the gospel several times and you concluded that there’s still time? Or have you been invited to worship your Maker in a church but you have decided to make the money first and when you retire, you’ll have all the time to serve God. Hmm… remember He is the Potter and you are the clay. He can do and undo!!! Wake up bro, arise sis, take the bull by the horn because time waits for no man.
How time flies!!! Ahh.. It’s almost bible study time. I mustn’t fall victim of procrastination this time. I think I must stop because I’ve got some cooking to do. Shalom!!!
Prayer 1: Holy Spirit, my Counsellor and Teacher, please teach me how to set my priorities right. I also receive courage to face and defeat that giant of procrastination. I submit my will to you in Jesus’ name.