I love to relax. Since retirement, slumber and procrastination have become my new best friends. I often say I’m busier in retirement than when I was working. Could it be that I put off to the last minute things I used to take care of daily?
Some people like to say they are “born procrastinators.” Procrastination has two genuine causes. The first is “discomfort dodging.” Many people put off taking action because of the related anxious or uncomfortable feelings they have. The second cause for putting things off is self-doubt. If we consider ourselves inadequate to complete a task, we may well choose not to begin it. This describes me to a “T”, especially when it comes to office work and exercising.
Charles Spurgeon says that lazy people usually ask for only a little slumber because they would be indignant if accused of total idleness. If I crave only a little time off, a little self-indulgence, I can come up with all sorts of reasons for my unwillingness to do anything. I’m tired. My back hurts. I worked hard yesterday. I don’t feel good.
He says scriptures from Proverbs are a warning. We can be overcome by poverty by sitting on our good intentions. Procrastination robs me of the fulfillment that comes from obedience. My procrastination does not fit a person’s walk by faith.
Living in a farming community I see the importance of obedience. There is preparing the fields, seeding and harvesting. If any of this is not done at the appropriate time, there is not a second chance. Crops will be lost. That’s what’s lost by procrastination. Procrastination is no laughing matter.
I’m confessing I need help in the area of procrastination. Lord, I’m thanking you in advance for the work you are doing in my life.
Proverbs 24:33 “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”