“Oh I can get to that tomorrow. I’ve waited this long. One more day won’t hurt.” Sound familiar?
There are some things that are tempting to put off. I have a little list of my own:
• The dentist
• The DMV (and then I’m there on my birthday)
• My annual physical including the trip to the lab, the mammography unit, etc.
• Expense reports after business travel
• An apology when I know it’s due, but still don’t want to admit it.
• Getting serious about diet and exercise.
All of these are important tasks. All are necessary. And I will postpone each of them given the opportunity.
I’m really not an avoider. I tend to make my task list and get ‘er done in short order. There are, however, alternate schools of thought to the idea that there’s no time like the present. They might include:
• There’s always tomorrow
• Don’t do today what you can put off till tomorrow
• Don’t worry, be happy
God expects us to be diligent in our lives, to behave as grown-ups and resist procrastination. Putting things off that we may perceive as unpleasant is not a mature behavior. It’s human, but it’s not mature. Tomorrow sounds like a good strategy, it may even masquerade as a plan. The Bible warns us about putting it off till then.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” Matthew 6:34 (NLT).
“Don’t brag about tomorrow,?since you don’t know what the day will bring” Proverbs 27:1 (NLT).
Pushing it off till tomorrow may come with some negative impact: health and relationship are just two from my procrastination list above. I’m sure there are more.
So, my “need to do it now” list is made. Is yours? There’s no time like the present.