A former procrastinator must constantly make course corrections. Failure to stay on the path naturally occurs. Forces from our own natures, families, jobs, or the weather actively press us to move off course. It’s normal to get off, so it’s normal to have to get back on over and over. (“Course Correction Is Normal” May 28, 2018)
A space team doesn’t just launch the rocket and hope for the best. No, they expect continual variances from the path so they confront that fact head on. They build in correction mechanisms that work continually.
God does not launch us and cross His fingers. No, He provides warning systems to alert us. He has built into us the ability to confront diversion (including procrastination) and make course corrections so we stay on the trajectory toward our God-given goals. Some call this ability to make continual adjustments our internal gyroscope.
Astronauts have a team of support people on the ground. We also have a team. Family, church, work colleagues are often the ones to sound a warning that something is amiss and it’s time to get back on track. “How’s your time in the Word?” “Hotdogs for dinner again?” “When will your report be in?” Sometimes we see the warning light ourselves. “I never called Suzie.”
Warning to correct could be quiet like a nagging thought or more overt like a notice from the boss.
Here are a few of the many scriptures that address course correction:
Proverbs 3:11 Don’t detest the Lord’s correction. He corrects those He loves.
Proverbs 6:23 The reproofs of instruction are the way to blessing.
Proverbs 15:32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul; heed rebuke and get understanding.
Hebrews 12:11 Discipline is painful at the time, but later it results in righteousness.
2 Timothy 1:7 God has given us a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Or, Self control (ESV) or self discipline (NIV).
Our Christian walk is continual course correction. That’s one reason for the Bible, fellowship, preaching.
Every morning when I get up, I’m drawn to the computer or chores. I must quickly course correct to meet with the Lord. We course correct when we get off the couch and take a walk. Growing babies require much readjustment. So does establishing a new habit. A death, illness, move, or job can take us way off track.
It’s never too late to get back on course. Don’t let the enemy lure you farther away. “It’s too late.” “You’re too old/ tired/busy/out of practice.” God-given desires become a distant memory or a sad regret. Keep your goals clear ahead of you and your feet continually stepping on the path toward them.
Procrastination takes us farther from the path. A working gyroscope helps us do what needs doing when it needs doing. Course correct right away.
What course have you stepped away from? What will you do this week to correct that?