Is it time to act now!
Pastor Idleman says procrastination is one of the chief ways that Satan keeps us stuck in life. You see, Satan wants you and me to stay just the way we are. He does not want us to try to address our problems. He wants us to hang on to them, to be mired in them, depressed by them, stuck in them. Satan wants zero spiritual growth. When spiritual growth occurs, this is threatening to the forces of evil.
Pastor Rick Warren writes about the “8 phases of procrastination”. See if you can relate:
Phase 1: “I’ll start early this time.” (Hopeful)
Phase 2: “I’ve got to start soon.” (A little tension)
Phase 3: “I should have started sooner.” (Creeping guilt)
Phase 4: “There is still time to do it.” (False reassurance)
Phase 5: “What’s wrong with me?” (Getting desperate)
Phase 6: “I can’t wait any longer!” (Intense pain)
Phase 7: “Just get it done!” (Get it over with!)
Phase 8: “Next time, I’ll start earlier.” (The cycle repeats)
Since procrastination cycles, it can become a habit, a lifestyle. Then it really hurts us.
Many who study procrastination believe it is based on fear. When we are talking about addressing serious soul-killing problems, fear definitely becomes relevant. What kinds of fear are we talking about.
- Fear that you’ll fail or do badly. Probably the most common one.
- Fear of the unknown — the task is not familiar to you, so you don’t know what to do or where to start.
- Fear of the uncomfortable. It’s easy to do things we’re comfortable with, but doing new things is uncomfortable so we put them off.
- Fear of starting in the wrong place. You don’t start because what if you’re not starting the right way?
These fears are very real but I would add another one, just plain old fear of change. You have all heard the expression that “it is better to dance with the devil that you know than to dance with the devil you don’t know.” This is pure fear of change.
I go back to an earlier post when I referenced a couple of psychologists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. They state the obvious. Procrastinators act like they have an endless amount of time to get things done.
The problem is, we don’t.
Let me end from a quote from author Margaret Atwood. “Sooner or later, I hate to break it to you, you’re gonna die, so how do you fill the space between here and there? It’s yours. Seize your space.”