I’m a reformed Put R Off’r. As a young girl I just naturally waited til the last minute to do homework or chores or whatever and I was usually pretty good at last minute accomplishments. I was blessed. Not everyone is like that. As I grew older and learned how my procrastination could be a problem for someone else or even affect my own performance, I learned how to set goals and accomplish them in a more timely fashion. To be fair, my studies in psychology and counseling in college had a lot to do with me learning how to change my behaviors. I took it on as a personal challenge to complete a task before the deadline. I became a Git R Done girl. What I find now is that I also have to increase my patience with those who procrastinate. Oh, I still put things off from time to time but it doesn’t irritate me in myself as much as it does when others put things off. Pretty typical of human nature, isn’t it?
March of this year I started having severe stomach cramps, fever, chills, and fatigue and the first 5 times I put off going to the doctor because I just figured it was a virus. Finally, after eliminating some possible causes, I was scheduled to get a colonoscopy in July. Cancer, Crohn’s etc. were ruled out and the doctor said it was probably diverticulitis. He put me on some strong antibiotics and said it would hopefully take care of it. It didn’t. Three weeks ago I had my 9th attack and this time I did not put off calling the doctor. More antibiotics and a CT scan. When I went for the results I was quite shocked when he started talking surgery. Right away. He said I could put it off but I was risking a perforation. The doctor said it was a good thing I didn’t wait. I don’t remember a whole lot of what happened between my decision and the surgery other than I was at total peace. No fear. I took care of some obligations, went about my business. I had already gotten a head start on the week’s Thirsty Thursday blog, so I completed it the day before surgery and thanks to modern technology, scheduled it to post on time. That’s it. Done. Off my mind. Peace to concentrate on my recovery. Nothing hanging over me.
Matthew 25-1-13 is a parable of ten virgins that await the arrival of the bridegroom and the commencement of the wedding feast. Five of the virgins were prepared for his arrival; five did not attempt to prepare until it was too late, and they were left behind. Jesus calls the unprepared virgins “foolish”. They put off their preparations and missed the feast.
How about you. Have you been putting something off? Forgiveness? Changing a bad habit? Getting into good habit? Confessing and repenting? Are you feeling the pressure of needing to do something but just keep putting it off? What is something you know you need to being doing? Now? Git R Done!
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.