What Can I Procrastinate?

Honestly now, who doesn’t procrastinate?

You can’t do everything on time, all the time.  Some things get our attention and other things get “put on the back burner.”

We have to prioritize.

What can we procrastinate?

The list is endless.  I am a hobbyist and most people could care less about what I am interested in.  So if I procrastinate about that, no one cares.  I am a retiree and I have a nice ability to see work around the house to do.  It helps me; I can stay busy.  I know that people ignore some of the stuff I see.  I visit other homes.  If I procrastinate some of my little jobs, who cares?  Other people don’t care.

Some jobs just don’t require immediate attention.

Others do.

Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. James 4:17 (NIV)

That’s a pretty strong statement isn’t it?

Should we procrastinate making that change that will make us a better Christian? Should we confess that sin?  Should we make amends with that family member who has felt our wrath?  Should we take steps to stop our addiction?  Should we be a good leader in our church?  Should we be a good leader in our family?

This list goes on and on also.

See anything in common in all the items above?  These “good” actions can help us to have a more pure soul.  These “good” actions can help us to have a deeper relationship with God.  These “good” actions can help us to grow in our faith.

Psychotherapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels explain that there are reasons we don’t act; we put off; we procrastinate.   To act will cause pain.  To act will make us get out of our “comfort zone.”    Stutz and Michels say “our time on earth is limited. Every moment is an opportunity we’ll never have again. Procrastinators act as if they have all the time in the world. But deep down, they know they’re wasting parts of their life. The trouble is, most of us don’t know how to free ourselves. That’s why, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, most people ‘live lives of quiet desperation and die with their song unsung.’”

You can procrastinate some things; we all do.

However, don’t procrastinate everything.

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