“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…” -Colossians 3:23
I’ve always detested washing dishes and once I saw how much our dishwasher made our electric bill increase…my disfavor for dirty dishes grew.
Just the other day I caught myself putting off this task. It was Monday evening (my wife and I’s only 100% night off during the week) and I told myself I would watch a couple of shows on our TiVo and then I would get right to washing them. A couple of shows turned into a “Grey’s Anatomy” marathon and before I knew it I had convinced myself that I needed to head to bed. The dishes could wait until the next day right?
As the week went by and the pile of dishes grew, I knew I needed to do them, but I just didn’t feel like it. I knew that every day I put it off that the pile would grow even larger. A few dishes turned into few dishes and a couple of pans. A few dishes and a couple of pans eventually turned into pretty much every dish we and piece of silverware we have.
We’ve done something similar…maybe it was mowing the yard, paying a bill or home repair project that was supposed to be done shortly after you moved in…20 years ago.
Procrastination is so much easier isn’t it? We make excuses or just put off a task because we don’t want to deal with it. It seems we never learn our lesson that the longer we avoid a task or project that in general the work required to complete the task increases.
What really stinks though is that we often procrastinate our relationship with God or spending time in The Word. When we follow what Colossians 3:23 says and do everything with all of our heart, we stop making excuses. We stop putting off reading our Bibles, praying, fasting and doing other spiritual disciplines that help us to get to know God deeper.
Stop the excuses…and do it!