People procrastinate all the time (teens especially, in most cases). We love to find ways to avoid the things that need to be done (like writing blog posts–guilty!) and instead do something we enjoy or do nothing at all. Procrastination disguises itself as something fun, but in the end it only brings harm. Let’s take a look a Proverbs 6:6-11.
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 the summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
“A little sleep…and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” Who hasn’t wanted to put something off for another day? And who hasn’t done it? The verse isn’t saying we always have to be working, but if we look at work as a bad thing and always look for ways to put it off, it could be our ruin.
Now, you may think I’m being a little dramatic. Maybe I am. But the thing is, who are we helping by procrastinating? Maybe we receive momentary pleasure. Still, through procrastination we can end up letting others down by not going through with what we said we would do, and we hurt ourselves. In most cases, procrastination results in a job poorly done or not done at all.
Through procrastination, we can miss opportunities to better ourselves or help others. People would soon see that we’re undependable. No matter how you look at it, procrastination is detrimental to ourselves and those around us. And what, for a little “break”? To have an extra bit of fun instead of doing the important things first?
Procrastination becomes a habit–a bad one. And it’s up to you (with God’s help) to break. No one else can do it for you. If you do so, you may find that your life becomes fuller, something closer to the the more abundant life Jesus spoke of in John 10:10. Sound good? It may not be easy, but you can be sure that it’s a step closer to where God wants you to be.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, NKJV)
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