Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Refuse to Procrastinate Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Refuse to Procrastinate Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The word procrastination conjures up all sorts of images. Some aren't supposed to be taken seriously. One cartoon shows a bulletin board with a sign on it that reads, "The meeting of Procrastinators Anonymous is postponed until next week."

Yet, for some people the tendency to keep putting things off - even important tasks - is a serious problem they would like to solve. Today. The consequences of delay mount up. Someone might keep holding himself or herself back at work or school; avoid exploring new opportunities; fail to develop talents; not act up to his or her full potential. Crucial decisionmaking may stall unnecessarily.

Such consequences suggest that ending the cycle of procrastination would make a world of difference in a person's life. It would mean an end to putting off important activities. Decisions would be made and acted on. When worthwhile opportunities opened up, they would be seized.

Take heart. Procrastination can be overcome. What's more, we have all the help we need to overcome it. Spiritual help. Ready help. God's help.

Consider the fact that God, the divine Mind, never postpones giving the spiritual ideas and power that enable us to act. He naturally provides these every moment, because He is all-knowing and omnipotent. And because He is also divine Love, it would be absurd to think He might worry when we seek His support, or look for excuses to avoid giving it. God, who is all good, certainly does not wonder if He would be better off postponing being and doing good. He is being, doing, good every moment.

God is not a procrastinator. He is the always-acting, always- loving God. That's His nature. Which says a great deal about our own true nature as His likeness, and about how thoroughly we are cared for as His children.

Then, why the apparent tendency to avoid taking action when action is called for, or to give up when perseverance is needed? It basically boils down to a misconception we may be holding on to about our relation to God - a misconception that needs to be cleared away.

Take, as an example, the reason for procrastinating that a friend of mine struggled with: the fear that if he committed himself to a course of action, he might fail. …

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