“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow . . . have lighted fools/ The way to dusty death.”- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”- Luke 19:8
Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 11 of AHA with the final two reasons we have a proclivity for procrastination.
2. We want to prolong the pleasure. Sinful behavior in the Distant Country can bring a perverse sort of pleasure. We may “enjoy” harboring unforgiveness and vengeance toward those responsible for our ministry downsizing or vocation loss. Until our famine really comes, we tend to put off any action- in the mistaken belief we can continue our behavior without multiplying the consequences.
3. We want to plan it to perfection. Pastor Idleman states that rather than keeping it simple, we try to tie up every loose end, creating a complicated plan of action, We need to concentrate on what God wants us to do. Although our situation is complicated, our game plan is simple.
Just as Jesus changed the heart of Zaccheus, He can change our hearts as well. But the process needs to start here and now. The Holy Spirit doesn’t procrastinate.
Today’s question: Which of the three reasons for procrastination resonates most with your current situation? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Defeatism”