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December 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Why are you reluctant to take action?



Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8

The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. Proverbs 15:19

 

One of the most depressing sights during the holidays is your local mall on Christmas Eve. What you’ll see are scores of men walking aimlessly down the aisles looking for gifts for their significant other, family or friends. All the shelves will have been picked over, leaving only odds and ends to choose from. These guys were well intentioned, and many planned to go Christmas shopping earlier in December, but time got away from them. They procrastinated, hardly anything was left, and they paid for it in the end.

 

Procrastination leaves us grabbing for straws. What we end up with is simply a means to an end instead of a purposeful decision. We can very easily put matters of faith on the back burner and pass it off for another day. When it comes to taking a step of faith, displaying courage or dealing with difficult issues, we schedule those times for a favorite day of the week: Someday. But, that day never comes. Due to our procrastination we pay for it in the end. Crucial conversations are not had, dreams go unrealized, and opportunities are missed. Tales of God’s faithfulness never get told.

 

Tomorrow is never promised. Today is all we are given. Stop giving so much credit to your future self. It will be impossible for Future Jane and Future Jim to be those men and women who live boldly when your present self is shrinking back from their present-day responsibility. What you do today shapes who you are tomorrow. Rather than procrastinate, live with purpose. Upon reading this word, chances are good you instantly thought of something you’ve been putting off. Why are you reluctant to take action in this area (fear, pride, anger, doubt, etc.)? How will taking action in this situation help develop the character and integrity of your future self, along with allow you to take a step of faith?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, there are places, situations, and experiences I try my hardest to avoid. But, no matter the effort I put into sweeping the situation under the rug, it doesn’t make it go away. Lord my procrastination is costing me more than I realize. Jesus You command me to have courage and to not let my fear, pride, or doubt get in the way of action. Today, may I act on the situations I’ve ignored for far too long. Let my words and actions honor You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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