A very common enemy that prevents people from working with dedication is the spirit of procrastination. Yes, I think it’s a spirit, a negative enemy that makes everything appear in slow motion. You take very long to start something, to finish something, to learn something, to speak to someone about a certain subject… Everything is left for later. And later has no deadline, later gives you an extra sense of comfort. You feel better about yourself because you tell your take care of the work later and at the same time, you don’t have a deadline. You finish when every you feel like it… And this is why things take years to be accomplished!
Why are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 30 days a month and 365 days in the year not sufficient for the majority of people?
When we read about God and all that He has done, we see the exact opposite. Everything happened, happens, and it always will happen as He plans. Time does not discourage Him, He controls time. It’s God’s will for us to make time for everything; it’s God’s will for us to fulfill our tasks. Just think about the feeling of having a mission accomplished!
Putting off things in your life is a sign of low self-esteem, insecurity, irresponsibility, laziness, weakness, doubts, confusion, depression, disorganization and consequently NOT BEING OF GOD. Notice how you far away you feel from God when neglect yourself and let time slip through your fingers. You stay in a vicious cycle, you never change, never get better, never leave from where you’re at, you’re stuck…
The Task as an Offering #16 is for you to do what God does: control your time, have discipline, and not let anything delay your life – laziness, slowness or distractions. In other words, work hard. I think I can define working hard in the following way, “When you don’t do what you want to do, but what you have to do – that’s when you work hard.”
Write in your diary a list of things you started but didn’t finish or didn’t even start. Here are some examples:
- Getting your driver’s license
- Fixing your documents so you can vote
- Scheduling your medical exams
- Determining a schedule for exercising
- Finish reading a book
- Repair or send to repair the hem of a pair of pants
- Learn a language
- Join a group of the church
- Get baptized in water
After writing the list, distribute it throughout your calendar this month so you can work on each item. Those who need more days, distribute them out between this month and next, but try and finish everything by next month. Use reminders if necessary or print out the calendar and leave it viewable in your room so you don’t forget to take time each day to complete everything you have procrastinated on. Wake up earlier, stop being on social networks or playing online games all the time, program yourself to do what doesn’t add anything to your life while you’re in the bathroom or waiting somewhere. If you control your time wisely, you will soon be able to accomplish your goals.
In the faith and in the Shelter of the Most High.