There’s No Time Like the Present
by Deb DeArmond
There are some things in life we may be tempted to put off. I have a list of my own:
- The dentist
- The DMV
- My annual physical including the trip to the lab
- Expense reports after business travel
- An apology when I know it’s due, but still don’t want to admit it
- Getting serious about diet and exercise
All of these are important tasks. All are necessary. And I will postpone each of them given the opportunity.
I’m really not an avoider. I tend to make my task list and get ‘er done in short order. There are, however, alternate schools of thought to the idea that there’s no time like the present. They might include:
- There’s always tomorrow
- Don’t do today what you can put off till tomorrow
- Don’t worry, be happy
God expects us to be diligent in our lives, to be responsible and resist procrastination. Putting off things we may perceive as unpleasant is not a mature behavior. It’s human, but it’s not mature. Tomorrow sounds like a good strategy, it may even masquerade as a plan. The Bible warns us about delay.
“So, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34, NLT).
“Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring” (Proverbs 27:1, NLT).
Putting it off till tomorrow may come with some negative impact: health and relationships are just two from my procrastination list above. I’m sure there are more.
So, my need to do it now list is made. How about you? There’s no time like the present.
Deb DeArmond is an expert in the fields of communication, relationship and conflict resolution. A writer and popular professional speaker, her new book Bumper Sticker Be-Attitudes is a humor-tinged devotional designed for the busy believer who’s hungry for Jesus, while reflecting on who He has called us to be. Visit her on her website “Family Matters” at www.debdearmod.com or on social media https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebDeArmond