I am a procrastinator. In fact I procrastinated posting this devotional. I wrote it last week but I’m just getting around to posting it today. I also procrastinate doing things that are out of my comfort zone. I will put things off until I absolutely have to do it or it’s convenient for me.
King Solomon gave us these words in Ecclesiastes 11:4, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
Solomon is talking about procrastination. We have the tendency to wait for the perfect time to do things, like share the Gospel with others. We might have someone in mind we want to share Christ with, but it never seems like the right time to do it.
If we are waiting for the perfect moment, forget it. We can tell ourselves all day, “I need to talk with him/her but now is not the right time.” There will never be a “right time”. We must do it now. There might not be another opportunity. We don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
Are you waiting to share the Gospel with someone who needs to hear it? Or maybe you are seeking Christ and keep putting off asking someone about Him. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Reach out now. Who knows, this may be the last chance you have.
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4
Doesn’t the fireplace in the picture look inviting? I’d love to sit in a comfortable chair in front of that fire and not have a care in the world. Maybe just sit and daydream with a cup of coffee. PROCRASTINATION
Staring out the window, playing Facebook, absent-mindedly watching TV are forms of procrastination if we have work which needs to be done. If we keep looking at the clouds we’ll never get anything accomplished.
Charles Stanley, in his devotional book Enter His Gates, has this to say about procrastination: “Procrastination can cause us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. When we fail to confront an issue or a situation we fail to develop godly, positive character desired by God. By hesitating we delay God’s blessings.”
I never thought of procrastination as delaying God’s blessings. We have no idea what those blessings might be, but do we want to miss out on them?
Do you have a deadline to meet soon? Is there a book or article waiting to be written? Don’t let procrastination get the upper hand.
We can give up some TV time, some facebook/Twitter time and send it writing instead. Even if it’s only a half hour let’s do it. We might be surprised how productive we’ll become and what blessings God will send our way.
Dear Lord, Please keep the temptation to procrastinate away from me. Fill me with the motivation to write. I need to get my priorities straight and I know that will happen with Your help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.