YOU'RE ALMOST TOO LATE!
You could say that I am familiar with procrastination. Most of my life, for some irrational reason, I fought tooth and nail against doing things that I thought were too much work or were not enough fun. The result of that is that I would find myself in a bind later. From Elementary to High School, I resisted doing homework and studying and my grades clearly demonstrated that. You could have changed my name to "Late" because that is what was written on the top of many of my papers. You see, I would wait until the deadline was upon me and would then have to rush like mad to get something done. Then it would be such poor quality and I'd be ashamed of it and not turn it in. I would consistently ignore it when my father would encourage me to "follow through", and, "Get it done, you'll feel so good once it's done."
You know what. He was right. I discovered this in my first youth ministry post and then on a greater level in Seminary. It felt good to plan ahead, work ahead, and get stuff done. I could have unhindered fun after finishing! I didn't have to worry or scramble. It cost me a lot less energy than when I fought so hard before. Not only that, but my work was far more thoughtful and I found myself growing in confidence as my skill and knowledge exploded.
Even though I've learned how to fight much of my lazy procrastination, I still feel the pull and I still mess up. Thing is, now I hate it. Now I fight it.
How about you? What are you putting off? Is there something you need to follow through on that you haven't been for one lame reason or another. Maybe it's something that you know is good for you like joining a gym or eating right. Maybe you need to get to the doctor for that new pain that you just noticed. What are the consequences for putting it off? Don't say, "I don't know". Think it through. Some things have unseen consequences that we can't see at first glance. Some things have a cumulative effect, that if neglected will not add up as they are supposed to.
This is especially true in Spiritual Growth. You may not immediately feel much different for skipping church last Sunday or for not reading your Bible all week. You will, unfortunately, begin to feel disconnected from God and His people. You will begin to drift away from your convictions about the truth. It will just be a subtle but compounded change over time, but it will be significant. Then, you will begin to wonder where God is or why your prayer life feels more like talking to a wall than an authentic relationship.
It doesn't have to be like that. Embrace those daily spiritual disciplines of prayer and scripture reading. Seek out any spiritual growth opportunity whatever the cost. Chase down chances to serve and love others. Prepare your heart and mind for potential times when you will have the privilege of sharing God's grace with someone. It will bless you richly, but don't only do these things for the amazing benefits to you, do it because Jesus is worth your life!
One cay we will all have to stand before God and give an accounting for how we have used the gift of life we have been given. For further study I encourage you to meditate on 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. How are you building on the foundation?
On another note, at Woodland Shores we try to create and direct you towards opportunities to grow spiritually. We want to see everyone that we interact with take the next step in their faith whatever that may be.
Here are some of those great opportunities that you don't want to miss out on.
Remember, above all, YOU ARE LOVED!
- Pastor Jim