The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24 (NKJV)

In Gone with the Wind Scarlett O’Hara repeatedly uttered this now celebrated line whenever faced with calamity: “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” How often do we—either intentionally or not—develop the same “tomorrow” outlook? We too easily find ways to put off until tomorrow what we can do today.

A sober look at procrastination’s after effects, however, might help us realize its subtle dangers. Procrastination can cause us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. When we fail to confront an issue or a situation, we fail to develop the godly, positive character God desires. By hesitating, we delay God’s blessings. Prompt obedience always brings eventual blessings. When you procrastinate, you are dangerously close to disobedience—along with its consequences.

You can learn to face and deal with undesirable circumstances by trusting God to supply what you lack. He will give courage, wisdom, grace, mercy, power—whatever the need. As you confront your problems rather than avoid them, your faith is nurtured and stretched. Your confidence grows; your fears subside.

Let your motto be: “Do it now as the Lord directs and enables me.” It will save a lot of heartache later.

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