The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will dissipated, lost and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence. ~ Marie Edgeworth
We examined some of the reasons we procrastinate, and I mentioned that they can reveal ugly things about us. Did you add your own reasons in the comments? I’m sure each of us is different, and I would love to hear what I missed.
Of course the ugliness to which I referred was none other than sin. What are some of the sins behind procrastination?
Fearfulness can lead to procrastination. If we are concerned that we will waste time or resources because we’re not confident of our ability to see the project through to the end, we allow our fear to paralyze us. This may be a legitimate concern, but refusal to move forward is not the answer.
Indecision is another form of fear that can paralyze us. We want to make the best decision, but how and when will we be sure that we can do that? Do we have all the information we need? The skills? The wisdom? Again, these may be legitimate concerns but procrastination is not the correct answer.
Fear of man will often influence what we do, and can lead us to procrastinate as easily as other forms of fearfulness. If we are unsure of ourselves, we are often afraid to look like a fool in the eyes of others.
Pride may play a part, as it does in so many sins. Maybe we want to set our own schedule or priorities and resent being pressured from the outside. ”I’ll do it when I feel like it!”
Laziness or slothfulness is an obvious one. We don’t do what we should because we just don’t feel like it, or because there are other things we would rather do. Again, pride is at work here. We are valuing our own preferences above all else, even when we know that it’s not the best choice.
Selfishness, yet another form of pride, also is at the root of many bad habits. We do what pleases us with little or no regard for others. This may mean eating all the chocolate without a thought of sharing, but it may also mean frittering away our time on things of no value rather than serving those around us.
I didn’t plan it this way, but did you notice that there are 2 primary categories of sin above? The first 3 are forms of fear which seems to be rooted in a mistrust of our own judgment and abilities. The last 3 find their root in pride because we try to put ourselves in the place of God – maybe not self-consciously, but because our actions are self-serving rather than God-serving.
Maybe the fear itself is a symptom of trying to act on our own wisdom rather than consulting God – pride again. Will a humble person with a hunger to serve God allow herself to be paralyzed by the fear of making a poor decision? Or will she pray, take counsel, and jump into action?
I know I have been guilty of all of the above, some more than others. We each have our own weaknesses. What do you think is at the root of your procrastination?
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