I have a job to complete. I’m sitting at my kitchen counter with my “Hello Kitty” sewing machine… hemming some black jeans. (Yes, I use a “Hello Kitty” sewing machine. It is simple enough for me to use, and I figured that I could teach my grandkids to sew with it.) I purchased these jeans for my husband about 3 years ago because they were his size…sort of. I found them on sale for one dollar. Yes, …one dollar. The size was not marked, but they looked about right for him. They fit him well, except for the length. I think that is why these jeans were on sale. They would have fit well if he were about 8½ feet tall. He is tall, but not that tall. Well, I am happy to report that I just completed the job.
For some reason, I have procrastinated hemming these jeans for those 3 years. I’m ashamed to say that they have been folded in the corner of our room for that entire time. It actually took me three minutes to get the sewing machine set up with the needed black thread. It took about another five minutes to hem both pants legs and another minute to put the machine back in the closet. That’s it. Three years to actually make the decision to act …which took nine minutes to complete.
This new year, I wanted to begin by conquering this silly, crazy thing that had been hanging over my head for much too long. It’s eleven o’clock in the evening and I was not going to let another day pass without facing this. The other thing I put off for way too long was getting rid of a cobweb in the corner of my shower. It required my getting a footstool and wiping the corner of the shower stall. Not a big deal, but every day for months I would look up at that corner and say to myself, “I really should do something about this.” Well, I’m happy to say the cobweb is gone. I am quite sure I have spent much more time thinking about “getting around to it” than it actually took to do it. I had to come to a point where I decided it was time to act on my good intentions saying….If I don’t do it today, then when will I…really?
While these two things are not really important in the big scheme of things they had gotten the best of me. I just didn’t want to do them….yet. However, I was always planning to “get around to it”.
Putting off until tomorrow can be a dangerous habit, especially if it effects life issues that are of utmost importance. Perhaps you have been thinking of pursuing or strengthening your relationship with God….or changing something that keeps you from following him wholeheartedly. Or maybe it’s just a small task like I mention above. Sometimes, like Felix in the scripture below…we put something off because of fear of change.
Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.  As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
Other times, it is easy to just get complacent thinking that nothing is really that urgent. The scriptures soberly speak to this as well.
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘
 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
At any rate, I feel so much better after hemming those “dollar jeans” and wiping away the cobwebs. What are you procrastinating? Go for it today. It could make the difference for the day, the year, or even eternity.
Amen, Jeanie. A great reminder. Have a faith-filled 2012, and keep encouraging others with your heart and your writing. Love you!
Thanks Sheila, Happy New Years to you! And thank you for all your help and encouragement with writing. Love you.
Thanks for sharing this. This is very true in my life. Thank you so much for sharing these scriptures. Sometimes for me is being afraid to change or fear of failure. But if God is my focus and not my own strength, my perspective will be different. THANKS for sharing!!
You are quite welcome Maria. Yes, it’s a common fear…but like you, I’m so grateful for God’s strength. Thanks for the encouragement.