Tim Clinton, Ed.D.
“If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.”
Ecclesiastes 10:18, NIV
“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
– Wayne Gretzky
“Procrastination is like a credit card,” someone once said, “it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” It also may be one of the enemy’s most effective tools in his assault on God’s children. So often we put off today what can be done tomorrow. The enemy uses schemes and tactics to ensnare us and distract us from doing God’s will for our life. He can use good things to distract us from even better things. We can’t afford to loose our focus or spend time on those things that don’t really matter.
If the enemy can keep us struggling with things from our past we can keep putting off doing what he’s called us to do. You were designed for a specific purpose. Pastor Rick Warren and author of the mega-bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life gives five biblical reasons we procrastinate.
- Indecision. “A double minded man is unstable in all he does.” (James 1:8 LB) Indecision causes you to postpone buying a car, choosing a college, getting married, buying new clothes, changing a job.
- Perfectionism. “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 LB) If you wait for things to be perfect, you’re going to wait a long time.
- Fear. “The fear of man is a trap.” (Proverbs 29:25 LB) Have you been postponing going to the dentist? Or having that needed surgery? Or getting into marriage counseling? Sharing your faith at work? Ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?”
- Anger. “A lazy person is as bad as someone who is destructive.” (Proverbs 18:9 GNT) Procrastination is passive resistance. I don’t want to do it because I don’t like you telling me to do what I have to do. Anger causes us to put things off.
- Laziness. “Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.” (Proverbs 13:4 LB) One of the most popular words in America is “easy.” If it’s easy, we like it. If it’s hard, we don’t like it. Can you imagine a best seller titled, “Ten Difficult Steps to Change Your Life” or “Fifteen Difficult Ways to Get in Shape”? If it’s easy, we like it. If it’s hard, we don’t like it.
Stop delaying; do what you’ve been dreading and get it out of the way. Do it now! If you don’t know where to start, do the next right thing.
Hebrews 10:24 says to stir up love and good works. Good works don’t just occur; they have to be stirred up.
Let God’s spirit stir you up to do what he’s called you to do. Stop procrastinating and start obeying God.
Tim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who recently married Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.