Now for two Proverbs, former procrastinators, that apply to our bent to delay. Although these particular ones don’t mention procrastination, they pertain to our struggle.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
When I put off what needs doing when it needs doing, it’s often because I don’t trust God. I question whether or not I have to act now even though His Spirit has prompted me. Maybe the prompting came through hubby. (“Did you take those shirts to the cleaners?”) or a neighbor (“Your car’s been there a long time.”) Maybe I bristle at being told what to do, or don’t think the task is that important. Maybe I don’t want to do it, or I didn’t prioritize it and forgot.
So, I rely on my own understanding instead of trusting God that the prompt is from Him. (God knows how soon the shirts will be needed; He recognizes they’re a way of showing respect. Maybe He sees the neglected car as a witness.)
If I seek Him and do as He directs, my path is much simpler. Job done, off the plate. I’m free for other things. No resentment in me or others.
Sometimes the prompt is to rest or play. If my understanding tells me I can’t afford rest or play, that ends up being counterproductive. My behavior and attitudes are affected as well as the people around me. My ability to continue work effectively is hampered.
And this one:
“Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (ESV)
“Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV)
I’m responsible under God for managing my heart. This requires constant watchfulness because I’m easily subject to latching onto wrong affections, holding a grudge, exalting myself, etc. My heart can drift onto a wrong path before I’m aware of it. The springs of life – bitter or sweet – bubble out from within me.
The affections or wounds in my heart control my life.
Think about your own life and its issues. What we believe, affections or wounds that we nurture within us, shape us and influence those around us. What we let in or keep out of our hearts greatly determines the issues in our lives.
Part of guarding our hearts is seeking wisdom, avoiding our own understanding.
Procrastination has been an issue for me. Mostly, it stemmed from selfishness and believing lies. I still have a lot to learn, but God is helping me guard my heart and seek wisdom.