By Rev Paul N. Papas II
June 27, 2016
“I’ll do it later and when I get around to it”. When I hear this said, I draw a large circle on a piece of paper then write “To It” horizontally in the middle of the circle. Without saying a thing I present the ‘round to it’ to the speaker and ask “Now will you do it?
Someone told me recently that he was planning the 1972 New Years Eve Party
“We like to think that our delay tactics are no big deal. After all, we tell ourselves, no one is really getting hurt by the things we put off. Over time, however, our choices to postpone action can develop into a lifelong pattern of procrastination.
To get on track, we must change our attitude about procrastination, admitting it is a serious problem and noticing where we consistently put off action. It’s important to identify any feelings of doubt and discomfort that we may have, confess that procrastination has a hold in our life, and then decide in our heart to turn away from it.” – Charles Stanley
Some things just can’t wait.
A person who is bleeding profusely or who has stopped breathing can’t wait for you to finally take that first aid course.
A diabetic can not delay eating correctly without putting himself at risk of going into a Diabetic Coma. He knows when his blood sugar level drops too low that he needs to eat something fast and not wait until the next mealtime.
A person suffering from a severe mental illness can not go too long without getting help before becoming at risk of having a psychotic episode.
A recovering alcoholic can’t wait until later to refuse to drink alcohol.
A One Day Sale won’t wait for you until next week.
Once you arrive upon a situation, which you know your help will make a difference in improving the situation, it is time to act. If you need to get around to it, follow the instructions in the first paragraph. You just may be the right, one, person in the right place, at the right time, to help that situation improve.
If everybody waited for somebody else to act, then nobody would get it done.
You don’t have to go too far, in these times, to find someone in need. Yes, you have to take care of your family first. You’re not called to give away everything you have. Give out of your abundance. Most often, your time is more appreciated, and more fruitful, when helping others with their situation.
You are also called to protect your family, which means that you can’t let the wolves move into the sheep pen. A good Sheppard guards and protects his flock.
People in your community could use your help. Your community could use your help. By community, I don’t mean only your local village, town or city.
Don’t procrastinate. If you need to get around to it, follow the instructions in the first paragraph.
While your home is being consumed by fire, you probably would not want to call a procrastinating fire department as the whole community could have been razed by fire by the time they found the instructions in the first paragraph.
If procrastination is your modus operandi, don’t wait, throw it off today, the life you save may be your own.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org