My brother had a favorite saying, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow. Or why do tomorrow what you can put off altogether.”
As long as there is humanity, there will be procrastination. For some, procrastination is an art form. It’s an effort to see how little they can do and still survive. As a lifestyle, not the best practice. But I’m not necessarily opposed to postponing responsibilities as long as in the end it accomplishes something good and rewarding.
Many times I try to cram too many things into life and don’t leave enough space in the schedule to relax.
Today I plan to do as little as possible, waste a day, maybe write a bit. But in general I want to rest. Maybe I’ll catch a ballgame. The last two months have been really hectic for me with lots of travel, birthdays, and other time-consuming events. Today I’m taking some of it back. Selfish? Maybe. But everyone needs to recharge their batteries. So even though there are numerous things I could do, I procrastinate. I’ll put off raking those leaves in the yard, organizing the garage, planning for the holidays. Today I breathe in and breathe out, sip a cup of tea, listen to some music.
One of the most monumental stories in scripture happened as a result of Jesus procrastinating – the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Jesus deliberately waited before going to Martha’s house, knowing that Lazarus would die.
Read John 11
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
At first glance, you have to wonder why Jesus didn’t immediately go to Bethany if he loved this family so much. He could have spared Mary and Martha such grief if he had simply healed Lazarus from his sickness. But Jesus had something better in mind, something no one alive had ever seen…. resurrection.
Can you close your eyes and imagine what that must have been like? Tears and wailing changed to a dramatic gasp as the friend and brother they thought was gone forever walked out of the tomb alive?! No one could have guessed, no one could have known the joy that Jesus had buried in his heart for these friends who were so dear to him.
What a story! What an unbelievable expression of power and love demonstrated so that we could also have a glimpse of the deep nature of God’s love for us!
― Bill Watterson – goodreads.com
All procrastination is not bad, some things are better postponed.
So today I raise the mug! Put the kettle on and sip a cup of something soothing, something relaxing and let the future worry about itself!
All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com