My tendency is to procrastinate rather than getting it done today. One thing that I have noticed is procrastinators do not allow a checklist to dictate what happens today. My Type A wife, Pam, lives to be able to put a check mark next to a task signifying that it has been completed. She will push hard as the day goes on concerned that the day is getting by her without achieving tasks. Often, she will work well into the evening. Not me! If a task is not an interpersonal task, I usually have no problem moving the task into the future.
I notice about us procrastinators that as we push tasks into the future, many times tasks never get done. Procrastination often ends up being hibernation! If you are married to a Type A like I am, this is not acceptable and very frustrating. Can I be honest?! Check lists drive me crazy! There is a problem with my last comment. God expects for each of us to be intentional, mindful, and purposeful today, meaning each day.
Type A and non-drivers both have to surrender each day to Him. He will convict the non-drivers to speed up and maybe drivers to slow down. Ephesians 5:28 states that each person “must work, doing something useful (in order) to share with those in need.” Jesus expects all of us to be hard workers and good examples to others. Don’t be a procrastinator who becomes known as a hibernator.
Here are some guidelines out of the Word of God:
- Matthew 6:33 declares, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” You give God your checklist, and you will be surprised what gets done. Why is that? God’s involved in your life. He multiplies not adds. Not only will you be getting things done but your life will challenge and mobilize others.
- Matthew 6:34 states, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” God wants us to focus on each and every day. Do not focus on tomorrow…“tomorrow will worry about itself.” Hustle your tail off for Jesus today!
- Procrastinators, the following verses motivate us (James 1:22-25), “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…no procrastinating please! 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
- Do not procrastinate! “Do not say to your neighbor, ’Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you’— when you already have it with you” (Proverb 3:28). Do not waste time.
- “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (Proverbs 27:1). Don’t flush today down the drain while you dream about tomorrow!
Encourage one another today! Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today.’”