Israel had not totally rejected the Lord but was seeking to combine worship of God with the worship of Baal. Elijah called upon them to determine whether Jehovah or Baal was the creator, supreme God, and judge of the world. Procrastination is putting off, postponing or delaying a timely, relevant activity. There are many types and causes for procrastination.
Procrastination is a process that is personal. It varies from person to person. Procrastination is a universal deadly poison of life. When you put things off until tomorrow, you subscribe to a system of unrealistic thinking which wastes away the present in an idle hope for a better tomorrow. Queen Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab worshiped Baal. She tried to convert the Israelites to her religion but was opposed by the prophet Elijah. Elijah said ‘how long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him, but if Baal, then follow him.’ People afflicted with procrastination often create elaborate excuses to cover their delays.
A pattern of procrastination often leads to a sense of helplessness and a lack of accomplishment. There is not a person who does not put some things off and at some level, realize occasionally procrastinate. Nevertheless it is my intention to help raise your consciousness about procrastination and to point to ways to improve your accomplishment. It does not take much to produce this outcome. A slight positive shift in direction can help reduce the procrastination burden. Breaking procrastination patterns takes effort, knowledge and will. Since there is no final cure, you will constantly have to work to keep your procrastination in check. Overcoming procrastination involves a journey in self-discovery. During the journey you develop your resources and resourcefulness.
During this adventure, you stimulate your ability to stay on top of the challenges that you face. Create opportunities and take advantage of opportunities that come about from new events. As Solomon reflects on all of life, he expresses in a beautiful poem of 14 pairs of opposite events, that God has a sovereign design behind all events. There is an appointed time for everything, and there is a time for every event under heaven.
A time to give birth and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together. A time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. [Ecclesiastes 3:1-8]
Earthly pursuits are good in their proper place and time. Use the ‘do it now’ method and you will have more stress free time for yourself and you will get ahead of the game. The ‘do it now’ method means you do reasonable things in a reasonable way, within a reasonable time. Reasonable means your actions are bound by common sense, and they are neither excessive nor extreme relative to the conditions that challenge you. However circumstances do vary and the timing and pacing of what you do can be unpredictable and demanding. For instance, you can have multiple responsibilities and limited time to meet them and thus you have to burn the midnight oil.