In the minutes leading up to your lunch break or end of the day bell, signs of procrastination come forth. To pass the time, there is a temptation to remain idle, delaying or loitering as much as possible without being noticed. Others who are forced to endure deadlines, wait until the last possible moment to begin, relying on adrenaline to finish on time. This pattern may be effective for some, but after any failure in life, guilt tends to prompt individuals to consider a change, turning procrastination into desire.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied, Proverbs 13:4.
In the book Communicating with a Purpose, procrastination is the fourth barrier to effective communication. After rejection, indifference and skepticism, the last two hurdles to clear are procrastination and fear. The author uses dreaming as a technique to help people visualize success. When a group or audience fails to act immediately, remind each person of the ideal outcome, what could be or should be if desire is exercised. Once inspiration is conceived, motivated hearts can turn procrastination into desire.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is, Ephesians 5:15-17.
After spending a year and a half in Corinth, the apostle Paul had a limited schedule. Thus, his stay in Ephesus is brief, eager to maximize his time with Jewish converts to Christianity. During his short stint, Paul reassures this new church that if you commit to the apostles teaching, following the blue print found within Acts 2:42-47, success is possible. Seizing each day, Paul was driven to cast out any thought of procrastination with desire fueled by faith. May this blog help you resuscitate hope, joy and the motivation to change for the better.
by Jay Mankus