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Put It Off Till Tommorrow

by Levi Sisemore

“Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow!” someone retorted, when urged to apply themselves to the task at hand.

Perhaps that person was me (on the other hand, maybe it was you). I know that one of my weaknesses is the lack of dogged stick-to-itiveness I see in others. I can – and do – work long hours on tasks from which I derive enjoyment or satisfaction, but there are other projects that I am loath to take up because I anticipate how difficult or even uninteresting they will be.

Yet, as we know, such is the nature of life – there are (many) things to do which we have no desire to do.

Through the Bible, God gives us wisdom to apply to our lives which ought to encourage us to be disciplined to “get after it” and to avoid laziness:

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense” (Prov. 12:11).

“The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor” (Prov. 12:24).

“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty” (Prov. 14:23).

Sometimes it seems especially hard to work for others – a boss, a spouse, a parent – but the Bible offers a solution for that, too: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23f).

In fact, if we find ourselves behind in our work or owing someone a sum of money, the Bible urges us to make haste and work off the debt!

“Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” (Prov. 6:4-11)



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