"If you are too lazy to plow, don't expect a harvest." Proverbs 20:4
"I'm not going to be ready for Monday Mom. I'm really sucking wind." Those were the words of my teenage daughter at mile one of the 5k race we were running Saturday... the race she was hoping would have her ready for the beginning of track season in two days. I had to smile at this young lady whose plan to sit around until the last minute and then somehow gain physical fitness in one hour had failed. Sensing that she had grasped the consequences of her procrastination though, I resisted the urge to say, "I told you so" and instead said, "You'll just have to work a little harder then honey."
You know, it would have been so easy to have lectured her on the importance of doing things in a timely matter - but most every one of us, me included, has been guilty of doing the very same thing. How often do we put off difficult tasks until tomorrow, or the next day or the next? The truth is, we all want an easy life. We don't like doing hard things so we procrastinate "until the time is right", which is usually after the time was right. And for that, the Bible gives us this warning, "If you are too lazy to plow, don't expect a harvest."
So today, let us identify those things we have put off doing "until the time is right" and just do them. Because in the words of Mason Cooley, "Procrastination only makes easy things hard, and hard things harder."
Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that procrastination has consequences. Help us to recognize those things that we continually put off and then pray for the strength to overcome them that we might be the productive Christians you have called us to be, one day reaping a "harvest" for our efforts. It's in your precious name we pray Jesus. Amen.
Procrastinating - Stellar Kart