#45. To Do or Not To Do…

Procrastination

Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. (or at least really late at night)

I’m not sure that’s in the Bible. And I’m almost positive its not in red letter, but sometimes I find myself following this commandment religiously. Now its true; I do some of my very best work when completely under the gun. Projects, papers, even chores at home. I often wait until I have just less than enough time to fully complete something, and then go full tilt with no breaks, no sleep and no distractions until it is finished. But this method is not sustainable. It bites me square in the keister at times. It endlessly frustrates those closest to me, and in times of weakness, I admit my discontent with it as well. I justify my laziness, my “personality”, by pointing to flashes of brilliance that have been produced through persistently practiced procrastination, all the while yearning to operate in a healthier, less stressful, but probably less efficient pursuit of success.

I suppose the Apostle Paul said it best:

“15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” – Romans 7:15

In the end, if our shortcomings can push us toward the reality of God’s grace rather than our own self-loathing or self-righteousness, then we are doubly blessed.

What do you do that you do not want to do?

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