Overcoming Procrastination in the New Year
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
What does procrastination actually mean? At times, we know that we are all guilty of it. Romans 8:7 says, “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”
Procrastination is the thief of time. Father George Morelli wrote in his article The Spiritual Roots of Procrastination, that there are two scientific psychological thoughts on procrastination: realistic verses unrealistic.
Father Morelli’s research on procrastination explains that realistic procrastination “occurs when a person may not have the physical or mental ability to accomplish a task or is prevented from performing a task by an appropriate authority. ” Morelli further said that unrealistic procrastination comes from “…anxiety or depression that has no basis in reality.” In some instances, the situation could have been prevented if we were able to address the situation head on. We may say to ourselves, “I will take care of it tomorrow,” but tomorrow never comes. Morelli calls that “Emotional Reasoning” theory.
Can procrastination become a condition of interruption and dysfunction in your life? Absolutely!
Spiritual procrastination is dangerous. Procrastination is the act of willfully delaying the doing of something that should be done. Scripture says you procrastinate for several reasons, but one of the biggest challenges can be fear. Sometimes it is just pure laziness. Proverbs says “Lazy people want much, but get little, while the diligent are prospering.” (Proverbs 13:4) Colossians says, “we should be diligent in everything we do because we are living our lives for God.” (Colossians 3:23)
I like what Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s Kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”
Let’s seize the day, and take care of business. No more procrastination! Make that your goal for 2017. I am.
Brookhaven Hospital’s Renewal Christian Care Pastoral Seminar will be held on January 12th, 2016. For more information or to RSVP, call 918.430.8350.