By Reverend Lawrence Patterson
Last month, I was sharing with a group of associates about our plans for the summer. Each of us had the opportunity to express our sentiments. However, one of them had ideas that captivated everyone because the goals were innovative and made us wish that we had planned out our summer a little better.
During the conversation, one of our associates asked a question, “do you have a timeline to make certain you remain on schedule to reach your destination?” The room went silent, while we waited for a response. Our dear associate paused in deep thought and said “I have a confession to make.” Every year, I make plans with really good intention, yet something seem to happen on my way towards my desired outcome. I inserted some helpful food for thought.
Procrastination is a destiny killer, it destroys time and if we allow its companionship, it breeds depression and will derail opportunity. Have you ever wondered why getting started is difficult, or better yet when something is due, you find a surge of energy to complete what you could have completed weeks ago? Some people use the response, “I work better under pressure” when in actuality, all of these delayed actions have their root system in procrastination.
Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something important to you or someone else. I have come to learn that time is an equal opportunity employer, and each of us have 24 hours to make a difference on something important to us or someone else. What we do with time determines if we prefer to win, or if we prefer to just watch the winners. The reality is that your future destination toward success is more than faded inspiration, it is actually revelation that you are much better than where you are right now. Beloved, get up, get moving, failing is not an option. God placed those desires of change in your heart to make an impact and a difference.
Action: Meditate on these few scriptures (Ecclesiastes 11:4; Proverbs 13:4; 1Corinthians 2:9; John 9:4; Philippians 4:13). Consider this way forward to defeat procrastination: Make a list, eliminate distractions, get an accountability partner, celebrate small victories and never let procrastination steal your destination again.
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