Since God wants to change me from being a procrastinator, what does He want me to be?
Procrastination prevents godly fruit. What promotes it? Diligence!
God is changing me into a diligent woman!
As far as I know, there’s no noun that is the opposite of “procrastinator.” However, in scriptural terms there is an opposite for “slothful,” and that is “diligent.” (I thought about coining a new term, “diligenter,” but that just does not work!)
Does the word “diligent” bug you? Are you disappointed that now you have even more to do? Hold on! That’s not true!
Diligence is NOT constant work.
I have come to the conclusion that biblical diligence is work in season. It is doing what needs doing when it needs doing.
Sometimes we have to discern which work to do because everything cannot be done at once. Sometimes the best thing to do is to play. Go out and squirt the children with the hose or read a couple of chapters in that book. Sometimes the thing that needs doing is rest. The best thing could be to take a nap when the baby does.
God designed us to need play and rest as well as work. To be healthy, we need each of these. Godly fruit comes from work, play, and rest.
Procrastination prevents godly fruit; diligence promotes it.
The dictionary says that diligence is energetic devotion to a task or endeavor. I like that. It means I work heartily as unto the Lord, doing the thing that needs doing when it needs doing – whatever that thing is – work, play, or rest.
This is the final post telling how I began my journey into change. Now let’s open the door to the great variety of things we can learn as sisters moving out of procrastination into diligence!
This week let’s pray, Lord, please give me the desire to be diligent. Help me discern what needs doing when it needs doing and act on it right away. Show me the work, play, or rest that you want me to focus on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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