Do you tend to miss deadlines, appointments, and opportunities? Do you frustrate the efforts of others who depend on you to do your part in a timely manner? Perhaps the “decay of delay” has adversely affected your life and relationships. If you’re plagued with procrastination, you can change with God’s help. In these Keys for Living, discover how to rearrange your priorities and complete tasks on time, replace the pandemonium in your life with good time management, and defeat time-stealing procrastination to become a more dependable, productive person.
“Late again! . . . How did this happen? . . . Why didn’t I start earlier? . . . What is the matter with me? The deadline has come and gone, but here I am again . . . feeling guilty, frustrated, and defeated. How can I get myself out of this pressure cooker and enjoy completing a task—and, yes, even complete it on time!”
Procrastination is a thief, continually robbing me of those wonderfully rewarding words, “Job well done!” Of course, others are continually robbed of receiving my work on time. Procrastination has stolen my confidence, my integrity, and my peace. Now, the cry of my heart is, “Lord, please show me how to prevent this destructive decay of delay. Oh, Master, teach me how to faithfully manage my time!”
“Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.”
Many people assume that procrastinators are always lazy; however, laziness is just one of the causes of procrastination. If you are lazy, you are negligent in handling your responsibilities because of your not choosing to do what you need to do. On the other hand, you may be highly productive and in no way lazy, but still procrastinate by simply failing to start a task on time. One procrastinator has the desire to work and yet delays—the other lacks the desire to work and then refuses.
“The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.”
“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”
“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”
“Let us consider how we may spur [motivate] one another on toward love and good deeds.”