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Procrastination is the Devil’s Trap
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4
Have your ever fallen into the trap were you want to do something, have the mind to do something, and then it never gets done, until a month later? That was me last month . . . with my blog. I had so many ideas for blog posts, and had even written some in my head, and half of one on paper. However, since I do not write my blog on paper at my parent’s house, I felt out of my element, and the words were not flowing well. It just seems like forces beyond myself, probably the Devil, always stopped me from completing the simple task that God has called me to do. Whether it be that my child is teething again, and I could never get a spare moment when I was not completely exhausted from taking care of him, cleaning the house, gardening, grocery shopping, and cooking dinner. Then, it could have been the traveling, and have a hard time getting back into my grove. Whatever it was, I procrastinated on my blog for almost exactly a month, not good kingdom work, especially since, when I was diligent about my blog, my husband and I did not fight for a solid month straight. I’m not saying all our problems went away, but somehow, God was using my diligence in writing my blog to spread His message, and His blessings cascaded into our marriage. I trusted God more, and my husband’s antics bothered me less, or not at all. Now, it feels as though we are falling back to square one. I slacked off, and God blessed us less. God wanted me to learn that if I am not doing His kingdom work, the way and when He wants it done, then I will feel that effect in my marriage. God did not totally stop blessing us, but He got out of the way, to allow me to feel the effects, and I may have, unintentionally, let the Devil run wild in our lives again. Although, when I noticed the stench of the Devil, I told him to leave our house, in Jesus name, and I invited God back in, and I have done this several times since Sunday.
Procrastination is a bad pill to take. It could start out as a small break, and then lead to no productivity for the rest of the day. If you forget to do your kingdom work, and procrastinate, you will fall into the Devil’s trap. If you spend all of your time thinking about what you need to get done and do not actually get it done, all you have done is waste your time and God’s because He could have used you to bless someone else.
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5: 15-17
God has given us all specific gifts to use not only to bless others, but to renew our spirit, to heal, to learn, and to dive deeper into God’s kingdom. They are not meant to burden us or to waste our time, but if we do them and do them well and with diligence, we will find that we have made such better use of our time, than we could if we tried to spend it the way
thought we should. We will not only feel better, but have made someone else feel better, because God’s blessings are abundant. He wants to bless us more, but we have to be obedient and not succumb to fear. We will not always get it right and allow our hormones or our anger to get the best of us, but God will work on us diligently if we are diligent in doing his kingdom work to the best of our abilities.
Please be gracious to us, and forgive us for procrastinating on doing your kingdom work and spreading the Word. Help us to get back on our feet, stand up straight, and walk with you, blessing others as you have blessed us. Give us discernment, for when we should be resting and when we should be working. Help us to say no when we need to and fix our wrongs to make them right. Please bless those who need a hot meal and a warm bed for the cold winter nights. Keep us safe, and help us to remember to pray:
Our Father who art in heaven, hollowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
In Jesus name,