Are You A Procrastinator?

Procrastination is the intentional delay of action without any real reason or likely benefit. Procrastination is especially damaging when such delay becomes habitual, which is the case with a majority of college students. Hey, only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday!  Yes, well the early bird may get the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese. Can you tell I’m procrastinating writing this blog? While laziness may have something to do with it, procrastination is multi-faceted and cannot be simplistically diagnosed. While some believe that there is a genetic predisposition towards procrastination, there are many other causes which need to be considered, such as: ADD, rebelliousness, indifference, pessimism, depression, anxiety, passivity, perfectionism, fear of failure, low self-esteem, etc.  “Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow!” (Gloria Pitzer) There I go again, sorry. Speaking of sin, however, there is an interesting spiritual perspective on procrastination given by Jonathan Edwards in a discourse on “The Sin and Folly of Depending on Future Time.” His text was Proverbs 27:1, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” He defined procrastination as the arrogance and presumption of believing that we have tomorrow in which to accomplish what we should do today. “We ought not thus to boast ourselves of tomorrow; but on the contrary, to behave ourselves everyday as though we had no dependence on another… a different thing from concluding that we shall not live another day.” Such behavior is presumptuous because we are making a claim within the arena of the future over which God alone has control.  “We have no promise of God that we shall ever see another day… we are in God’s hands.”  Edwards concluded with a question: “Would not your behavior [of procrastination] be very different from what it is now, if you every day lived and acted without any dependence on seeing one day more?” A good question to ponder today- not tomorrow.  Just a thought…

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