Procrastination definition: The avoidance of doing a task that need to be accomplished.
I never looked at procrastination as a hinderance to my blessing. During my quite time of praying and listening. My question to God was. What’s causing things not to move? Or to happen. It looks like I’m going backwards instead of forward.
Then the word procrastination came to mind. My first thought was. How can I be procrastinating when I don’t have anything to do? There in lies the problem. I have a lot of things to do. Those things that I could have been doing just didn’t seem important. There were other important things that I was praying about.
The other stuff didn’t seem to matter right now? I wanted God to answer the prayers that I had been praying. Then I would do this other stuff. I just didn’t feel like the things that I was putting off had anything to do with what I was praying for now.
Boy was I wrong. 😦 The example I’m going to use is my laundry service. I was so excited when I got the contract. I would pick the laundry up on a certain day and sometimes do it that same day. Not later that the next day. I sometimes had two to three days in between drop offs.
Then the provider started to cut back on the number of bags that she was giving me each week. So, my attitude was no need for me to be so prompt. I have plenty of time now that I don’t have as much to do. Instead of getting it done right away. There were weeks when I was finishing up on the delivery date.
I never looked at procrastination as an enemy. Why not? Because we make excuses for it. I just don’t feel like it right not. It’s not that much. I knew how long I had to return the laundry. I’d say thing like. I just don’t feel like walking downstairs today. It wasn’t as if I had to pack the laundry up. Drive to the laundry mat. Wait for the washer and then wait for a dryer. Nope I just had to walk downstairs and put the clothes in the washer.
It just wasn’t important any more. I would get it done but not with the excitement that I had when I first started. Now I made excuses. Excuses for the very blessing that I had asked for. I had taken the blessing and changed it’s name to procrastination. I now had no respect for the blessing that I had been given.
In doing this. I allowed the procrastination to take up space for other blessings. What if I had done the laundry ahead of time as when I started? That could have been making room for others to find out about the service. Because I didn’t respect the blessing. There was no room for another.
Everything that we have is a blessing. When we first received the blessing we were excited about it. Then something happens and the blessing has now become procrastination. What would happen if we just went ahead and did the things that seem not worth doing? What if getting them done with the excitement that we started with bought the very blessing that you had been praying for?
What if getting that paperwork done. Bought the financial blessing that you had been praying for. What if by cleaning up that area. It bought the peace that you needed. Or making that phone call changed the outcome of the decision. I know the task seems unimportant right now.
You are wondering what doing this task has to do with what you have been praying for. Doing the task clears up the space for the blessing. What if doing the task supplied the need for what you have been praying for. All because you completed it. The new blessing needs a place just like the ones before it. Stop avoiding the task. Your next blessing could be in accomplishing that which you have avoided.
Here’s a challenge to get you started. 5/15/5
- Choose 5 things that you need to get done that you have been putting off.
2. Set your alarm to go off after 15 mins. for each task (1 task 15 mins. no longer)
3. Do this for 15 days.
At the end of the 5 tasks you would have worked 1 hour and 15 mins. Accomplishing the very things that you didn’t want to do. Or things that seem unimportant.
At the end of 15 days look back and see how much you have accomplished and how many new blessings you made room for.