by Pastor Tim Burt
I was driving on a freshly paved highway in Northern Minnesota. On both sides of many Minnesota roads, they create small bumps the shape of piano keys. If you weren’t paying attention and started to veer off the road, you’d hit these bumps which are loud and vibrate your car. They’d quickly get your attention and you’d be back to the center of your lane in a snap.
As Christians, we have something similar, only better! We have the gentle and loving voice of God’s Holy Spirit nudging us like a loving parent. If we’d pay attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit instead of acting like the little child mesmerized by the TV or a video game who doesn’t hear a thing your saying, we would hear the voice of the Lord or sense His prompting. If we had great reverence for God—whom we know we should revere—we’d stay in His perfect will. We all have the potential to wander and hit or go of the side of the road in your Christian walk, and many of us have. Once we can admit it, then we have the ability to return to His perfect will.
Not everyone goes astray because of willful sin. Sometimes poor decisions or slothfulness and procrastination get us there. Procrastination is such a thief! The things people put off are most often small things that would raise the quality of their life and bring them greater satisfaction, inner peace and joy. The reasons we put things off are most often born out of fear or laziness and they rob us! Sometimes God is leading, nudging, or prompting you to get a task done or to reach out to someone with an act of kindness. If you procrastinate out of fear or laziness, you’ll never discover why. Learning to recognize God’s voice, obeying it, and learning to be diligent instead of being lazy, helps build godly character. It helps you experience satisfaction in knowing that you are disciplined in following your heart to do what you know you should. Overcoming fears through faith in God’s help accomplishes the same. Beyond that, there can be hidden blessings in obeying those promptings.
A while back I caught myself continually thinking about cleaning out this drawer in my dresser. It’s a catch-all drawer. (Yes, I have a junk drawer. It’s the resting place for many of the odd things that have no normal place to be put.) Anyway, I could not shake the impression to clean out this drawer. I spent about forty-five minutes cleaning it out and filled a waste can. While cleaning it I found my missing reading glasses and two other lost items I had been searching for. I was so blessed to find them! I knew that was why God wanted me to clean that drawer. I was so thankful I did not procrastinate doing it.
What are you putting off? Is it visiting your parents, going to church, doing your exercises, cleaning that closet or laundry room, writing in your journal, reading your Bible and praying, or writing that note or thank you card? Can you understand that procrastination of any kind steals from the character development of revering and obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit. And it steals the joy that you would otherwise experience in doing them! And procrastination in general can become a character flaw that steals a blessing God has working to get to you, and even worse, that contributes to you actually wandering away from God and your life in Him.
When Nicodemus faced Jesus, he wanted to procrastinate or put off what he knew in his heart he should do—accept Jesus’ word as truth. Jesus confronted Nicodemus and will confront you too. (Maybe He’s doing so right now!) Don’t procrastinate. Don’t be lazy. Don’t put off what God’s been speaking to you about! As the saying goes, Just do it!
Proverbs 6:4 (NLT) “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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