Once again the Lord is putting on my heart that bad habits are hard to break, but with good habits the rewards are great.
And it is so true – why settle for chaos and frustration when you can have peace and prosperity? Why settle for ordinary when you can achieve extraordinary… just by changing bad habits into good habits?
The answer is in the word desire. Having a desire to allow God to show you a better way will always lead to peace and prosperity. Following the Lord’s path will always lead to victory and not defeat.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
All you have to do is ask God to lead the way and He will guide you in truth, without hesitation. But you must have the desire to change and follow His ways. Without that desire, the effort becomes meaningless and void.
There are so many bad habits that people tend to take on that can lead to eternal destruction if not changed with a sense of urgency. One is called procrastination. Procrastination means to delay action.
Though there are times when delaying an action can be helpful, many have made it a habit to delay their actions and now continually fall behind, they become continually late and unprepared. Procrastination can make hard work and dedication worthless and turn a good dedicated person into someone forever lost in havoc. Procrastinators always have an “excuse” and are generally chalked up to “that is just the way they are”.
People today procrastinate in paying bills, which can lead it to being late, which leads to being charged more interest and additional late fees, making their bills higher and bringing ruin to a good reputation.
There are some who procrastinate when doing work at their office, not realizing or not caring about the frustration and chaos it causes those who are waiting for the work to be completed so they can complete their own work.
Procrastinators tend to procrastinate not in just one thing, but they slowly let the habit take over all areas of their lives. They become known as being unreliable and their hard work becomes even harder work, not just for themselves, but for those around them.
Procrastinators don’t usually have a desire to change the habit thinking it’s easier to wait and those on the receiving end almost always say nothing – thinking it is not worth the effort and its better to just let things be.
But to follow the way of procrastination can lead to doors being eternally shut – doors that have been waited for with anticipation for so, so long. It is much better to be prepared and acting on it, knowing what the future holds, rather than to be forever lost. The Bible has many examples of those who hesitate or procrastinate, but the Lord led me to an excellent example found in Matthew 25. It teaches of the consequences of being unprepared due to procrastination.
Matthew 25 teaches that the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five were foolish and though they took their lamps, they did not take any oil with them; the other five of the virgins not only took their lamps, but also took oil with them. When the cry came that the bridegroom had arrived the five foolish virgins had to leave to buy oil for their lamps, but by the time they got back, the bridegroom had already shut the door.
You are not shown the reason the five foolish virgins did not take the oil with them – maybe they thought the load was to heavy to carry, but what you are shown is that they procrastinated in taking oil and they became unprepared for the arrival of the bridegroom. Having to go and buy the oil caused them to be late. They hesitated, chose not to do what was wise, and became lost.
1 Peter 1:13 says you should prepare your minds for action and be self-controlled. You have the ability in you to change the way you are doing things, you have it in you to be wise and prepared knowing what is coming – whether it is a deadline at work, a due date on a bill, or more importantly the arrival of the bridegroom. You have the ability to control your actions in all things, including getting rid of the habit of procrastination.
Procrastination can be changed simply by planning in advance and then acting on that plan. Start at the end – know the deadlines and the due dates; find the goal line and then ask God to show you the path to get you there. You will then know how to be prepared for anything that comes your way, before it actually happens – then you will live in peace.
But you must have a desire to repent this behavior; you must have a desire to change your actions. You must have a desire for a better way. Bad habits are hard to break, but with the Lord you can do it, for you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13) All you need is the desire to change.
Why settle for death….. when you can have life?