Procrastination

There is a saying about putting things off. It goes, “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.” Putting things off for fear of failure could be true as well. In either case the procrastinator is trying to avoid something that he or she doesn’t want to face, often by false presuppositions and self deceit. For the person who is contemplating becoming a follower of Jesus or for the Christian who is examining their relationship with Him, it is important to consider the consequences. “The Four Spiritual Laws” include the statement that “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” Nothing could be truer, but there is another aspect to consider. Accepting His plan includes the probability of persecution and suffering, but it is limited to this life. Not accepting His plan also brings suffering, but in this case it is eternal. In a relationship with God, He provides the power to deal with suffering. Without Him, you do it on your own. Don’t put off making the choice. Following Jesus pays off. He suffered for us by paying the extreme penalty for the sin of everyone. There is no way we can earn the forgiveness that He bought for us. It is by grace we are saved. Don’t wait. The suffering He allows in our lives strengthens us and draws us closer to Him. Then is when we begin to experience that wonderful plan He has for us. I spent the last three years in my Air Force career being ridiculed and accused simply because I was a believer in Christ. The final result was a stronger trust in God and the realization that I had procrastinated far too long in making the choice to follow Him.

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