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Kick procrastination out of your life Июнь 24, 2010

Posted by Herbert Mtowo in Today's Devotional.
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PROCRASTINATION

A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagon load of maize in the road. The farmer who lived nearby came to investigate. «Hey, Tom,» he called out, «forget your troubles for a while and come on in and have a meal with us. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up.»

«That’s really nice of you,» Tom answered, «But I don’t think Dad would like me to.»

«Aw, come on, son!» the farmer insisted.

«Well, okay,» the boy finally agreed. «But Dad won’t like it.»

After a hearty dinner, Tom thanked his host. «I feel a lot better now, but I just know Dad is going to be real upset.»

«Don’t be foolish!» exclaimed the neighbour. «By the way, where is he?»

«Under the wagon.»

There is a proverb I heard a long time ago. It says, «don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today». Be reminded that, “Procrastination is the thief of time”.

Procrastination is something that many of us deal with at one time or another in our life. Especially when we have to do something that is not fun to do at all. You really need to maximize your opportunities, whilst they come your way. Its a painful experience to live life regretting, I wish I had made a move for that woman, just to tell her that I love her, I wish I had done that course, I wish I had, the list is endless. God gave Abraham a promise of a son, but he didn’t need to pray and wait upon the Lord, He had to make love to his wife  Sarah and expect God to do His part of fulfilling His promise. So many believers will tell you I am waiting for the promise of the Lord to be fulfilled in my life, whilst they do nothing. Every time God promises something He still wants your cooperation’s its to preach go out and preach, He will give the anointing and multiply the people, if its to run a business, what is your passion, start with what you have now and He will prosper it.

Ecclesiastes 9:10. «Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.»

Many of us miss a lot of opportunities in our lives because we put off for tomorrow what we can do today and usually we have many good excuses to go with that.

Think about this, we all know Alexander Graham Bell, the guy who invented the telephone. Well there was another man in that whole story that we really hear about. This is Elisha Gray who was also an electrician, but the thing is he filled his application for the telephone 2 hours after Alexander bell did. A little delay cost him fame and fortune. So many dreams have died a natural death, because people just enjoy having passions, desires and dreams, but doing nothing about them. Its better to die trying, than to quit. Everybody gets time and chance in life, but most of us let these times slip through our hands like water, and live miserably in life. The bible even says ,”Time and chance happen to them all.”

It is amazing how we assume that we always have time and so we keep putting off things. As a farmer you cannot afford to procrastinate because your farming is dependent on the different seasons. When it is the season to plant you had better plant because if you do not then it will be hard to do so when the rains come or you may miss the rains all together. Many times we don’t realize that our life is pretty much that way, it comes to us in seasons and sometimes we miss our opportunities simply because we missed a season because we were procrastinating. Don’t sit there mourning about lost time and opportunities, wake up and use the time that you have today. There is nothing that is as valuable as time, and time lost can come to haunt you tomorrow. The biggest challenge we have in this generation is laziness. You find well to do educated men and women who still don’t know the value of time. Life doesn’t just bring you to greatness, you have to make things. One of the characteristics of a good man, is a hard working man, a man who uses his hands, mind and resources to get wealth. Wealth ill gained will always haunt you in life .Don’t watch your friends and siblings mare daring moves and decisions in life, while fear to step out grips you.

When you look at your life I am sure you can see areas where you have missed opportunities because you put off for tomorrow what you could do today.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. The sad thing is that many times we choose what to do with all our might and what not to do with all our might. Are you giving your all? Many times I hear people complain about how the job they are doing is not well paying and many times I ask them, if you were paid what you think you deserve to be paid, would the quality of your work change? I don’t believe a salary is not a right, but you must earn your wages. Many times the answer is ‘yes’ meaning we are not giving our all, no wonder the amount of money we are paid.Have you ever thought and realized that, besides unfaithfulness, the other thing that has destroyed relationships is money matters, lack of it and having it too. But the truth is people must learn to talk and agree freely about money matters. The challenges of not having it can be disastrous as much as the challenges of having it too. But the reality of it, is we must teach our hands to make money, it plays a lot to bringing peace and joy in relationships. If you are a man and you don’t want to work, then you mustn’t date, because the demands of finance that are brought by dating are and relationships are enormous .So  opportunities that come your way to make money, seize them and maximize to your advantages. The rewards of making money bring a lot of peace of mind and plenty

So what have you been putting off and saying you will do tomorrow? Is it cleaning your room or doing your washing? Applying for that job? Starting your own company ? Visiting a friend in hospital………….Make the time and get it done don’t put it off any longer you may be surprised to realize that it was the very thing that was clogging the system hindering your blessings from getting to you. Take time to network, build meaningful relationships even through Facebook, and other various internet connections. On many people’s profiles I see that one of the things they want to do is networking, I at times just wonder how many do network. Share ideas, dreams and visions with people who have become your confidants.

Just get it done! Life is too short to be a spectator. Wake up and do something!

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