"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield.
"Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." Christopher Parker.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." Napoleon Hill. Let's try at least one more:
"Procrastination is the thief of time." Edward Young.
So what does the Bible have to say about procrastination. Let's take a look see:
The Bible says that when it comes to some things, we should never delay. Jesus taught that reconciling with an offended brother should be done immediately upon our remembrance of the situation. (Matthew 5:23-24). He also said to settle matters quickly" with our adversaries (verse 25). Christians must not procrastinate when it comes to sharing the gospel with the lost. There is no time to waste. Jesus likened evangelistic efforts to a man inviting people to a great banquet. As he sent out his servants with the invitations, he said, "Go our quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and being in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lam e" (Luke 14:21). The most striking qualities of the invitations are its openness (anyone and everyone was invited) and its urgency( the call to the feast must go out quickly).
Some people, upon hearing the gospel and knowing their spiritual need, delay in making a response. This is the most dangerous type of procrastination. Life is short, and we do not know what will happen tomorrow (James 4:13-14) The Bible urges us to get right with God today. "See to it brothers, that none of you has a sinful unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is calle4d Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion" (Hebrews 3:12-13,15). To procrastinate and put off getting right with God is to harden your one's heart.
Now, I did not mean to say all of that, but apparently God needed somebody out in cyber land to get this message today. Praise God.
The reason I chose to write on this topic today is because I had procrastinated in dealing with this box that I received from Comcast. Several months ago they called and told their clients that they were upgrading their modems in order to have faster internet speeds. I went online and ordered my kit, which I did not do right, away mind you, but I finally took the needed steps, and my kit came in the mail promptly.
Unfortunately, it has been sitting in the box for at least two months, maybe more. I am frantic when it comes to technology. The only thing I want to do with the computer is turn it on and start typing. Granted, I have learned a lot about computers, the internet, social media, and I can even update my own website. However, when it comes to having knowledge about routers, modems, etc etc, I know nothing.
Last Wednesday my wireless laptop and printer stopped working. That is the only reason why I for opened the box with the modem in it. Having gazed upon it, and looked at the pieces contained within, I immediately closed the box back up and set it on the steps leading to the upstairs bedrooms.
I spent four days with Max PC help care, my paid support tech folk, who were trying to help me solve this problem. They updated my system, but could not determine why the wireless component was not working. These folk are experts at what they do. they always solve my PC problems. I pay good money to help they do just that. LOL.
They told me to unplug this and that. At one point I unplugged the phone and couldn't get service! I was completely frustrated. Finally, I called Comcast on Saturday night and asked them to come and hook up my new modem. I told the PC Help Line folks that I would get back to them after Comcast set up my new modem. I said perhaps that is the big problem. Bless the Lord, Comcast showed up this morning and my wireless internet service is back on track.
OK, so why am I writing this blog. I am writing because, all I really needed to do was call Comcast two or three months ago. I waited until the old modem was absolutely useless. They warned me that due to its age, it may stop working. I could have had my spanking new system up running faster than before. Not only do I have a new modem, there is a router inside of it. Before I had to have both to run the wireless laptop and printer. Do you see what I am saying? I robbed myself of some peace of mind, and I wasted four good days when I could have been doing something constructive. Time is something that you cannot get BACK.! I was stuck on the phone with MAX PC CARE FOR HOURS AT A TIME!
I know I am not computer savvy, but I have a support system that is!!! I need to put them to work immediately, whenever the need arises. Lord, help me to stop procrastinating, being fearful and lazy about issues that fly up in my face at a later date to; rob me of my time, peace, and joy. This is the week leading up to the Open House for "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers Church." My energies could have been spent on working on those issues.
I hope this blog story helps some of you out there. There are blessings contained in boxes, letters, church houses, pastors, friends, and families. If you fail to tap into them, you could very well miss out on your purpose, blessing, opportunity etc. So don't be SCARED! OPEN THE BOX!!!
AND; DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS!!