Anxiety. Depression. Missed opportunities. Lost jobs. These are just a few of the consequences of chronic procrastination.
People struggle with different degrees of delaying or not accomplishing their goals. Sometimes (depending on the importance of the task) we can get away with not doing something on our to-do list. However, when it jeopardizes new opportunities, our jobs or commitments we’ve made to people, it can affect us emotionally.
Eventually, the fear that we’ll never acquire the discipline needed to overcome this senseless way of life only gets worse each day we give into it.
What if we begin today – right now – to see ourselves (and our life and future) differently?
Even before we change our behavior, what if we were to remember that God loves us and hasn’t given up on us?
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV).
Rather than continuing to beat ourselves up for all the stuff we’re not getting done, let’s confess our struggle to God and rest in knowing that the same One Who created the universe is the very same God Who will keep right on working in us for as long as we’re alive.
We can be sure that God will never stop helping us grow in Him. And, although He enjoys seeing us reach our goals – especially those He has put in our hearts to accomplish – His love for us and His opinion of us doesn’t waver regarding our checked off to-do list. Yet, the good news is that God will also help us accomplish those very tasks.
Reassurance. Satisfaction. Endless opportunities. Job security.
These are just a few of the rewards that can eventually be ours as we take the first step toward hope. Because God Himself has already begun a good work in us – in you(!) – and will bring that work to completion. We can be sure of that.
What about you?
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- How has procrastination affected you?
- Does Philippians 1:6 offer you hope?
- I’d love to hear about your experiences regarding this topic or other issues you would like me to address.
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