BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
Why in the world don’t I change that alarm tone? It’s so annoying!
I fumble the phone in my hand, squinting to find the snooze icon that gives me permission for 7 more minutes of sleep.
But it’s done. I’m awake. To-do list already racing in my mind.
Why am I trying to go back to sleep ignoring the fact that in 7 minutes the annoying BEEPING of the alarm will sound again only to remind me of the procrastination I have already chosen to start my day?
Which leads me to the next questions.
Why do we put off doing what we know we have to do?
Why are we such creatures of procrastination?
Why do we believe giving ourselves the grace of a little more time will somehow speed up the completion of the task at hand?
I don’t believe it’s always because we’re lazy.
I don’t believe it’s because we don’t know what to do or how to do it.
I don’t believe it’s because we need that extra time.
I believe it’s because we keep putting off what we don’t want to do. We get very good at convincing ourselves that the reasons we give for procrastinating are somehow warranted.
I will get to that when I finish watching Housewives of Procrastination County.
I will get to that after I spend my morning quiet time with Hoda & Kathi Lee.
I will get to that when I have my afternoon nap or when little Tommy goes to kindergarten or when Jill graduates from high school or I get married or after I have my first child.
And the excuses roll on and on and finally the excuse well has run dry and we are faced with doing it or not. The time has come.
Are you going to get up and get your day started?
Are you going to get that closet cleaned out?
Are you going to wash those windows that are calling your name?
Are you going to spend some quiet time reading a devotion?
Are you going to close your eyes, shut off your worries and spend quality time with Jesus?
I don’t know what you’re procrastinating about, whether it’s big or it is small, but I do know that you can make those decisions today to get things done. If one of those decisions you keep putting off is saying Yes to a relationship with Jesus, then you can make that decision right now as well. Jesus is waiting with open arms and begging you not to put off today what you THINK you can do tomorrow. We never know what tomorrow brings but I do know whatever it is, it’s better if we know Jesus.
So design your plan. Ask Jesus what all He wants you to do today. Get up and get going.
Don’t put off today what you think you can do tomorrow. Today is the day. No more snooze. Let’s do this!
Amen!! I’m a great procrastinator!! Perfect timing! Going to get to my to do list….and continue my relationship with Jesus while I’m at it.