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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor


October 7, 2007


 Joshua 18:1-10


What can we learn from our tendency to procrastinate?


KEY VERSE: (Josh 18:3 NIV) So Joshua said to the Israelites: "How long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?) 

Procrastination reveals deeper problems. Joshua asked why some of the tribes were putting off the job of possessing the land. Often we delay doing jobs that seem large, difficult, boring, or disagreeable. But to continue putting them off shows lack of discipline, poor stewardship of time, and in some cases disobedience to God. Jobs we don’t enjoy require concentration, teamwork, twice as much time, lots of encouragement, and accountability. Remember this when you are tempted to procrastinate.


 BIBLE VERSE: (Prov 10:4 NIV) Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

(Prov 10:5 NIV)  He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Procrastination is the cause of many of our failures. Every day has twenty-four hours filled with opportunities to grow, serve, and be productive. Yet it is so easy to waste time, letting life slip from our grasp. Refuse to be a lazy person, sleeping or frittering away the hours meant for productive work. See time as God’s gift, and seize your opportunities to live diligently for him.

 BIBLE VERSE: (Prov 26:13 NIV) The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"

(Prov 26:14 NIV)  As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.

(Prov 26:15 NIV)  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

           (Prov 26:16 NIV)  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.

 Procrastination leads to an unproductive life-style. If a person is not willing to work, he or she can find endless excuses to avoid it. But laziness is more dangerous than a prowling lion. The less you do, the less you want to do, and the more useless you become. To overcome laziness, take a few small steps toward change. Set a concrete, realistic goal. Figure out the steps needed to reach it, and follow those steps. Pray for strength and persistence. To keep your excuses from making you useless, stop making useless excuses.

Procrastination is a type of avoidance behavior which is characterized by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. It is often cited by psychologists as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

For the person procrastinating this may result in stress, a sense of guilt, the loss of personal productivity, the creation of crisis and the chagrin of others for not fulfilling one's responsibilities or commitments. While it is normal for individuals to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological or physiological disorder.

The word itself comes from the Latin word procrastinatus: pro- (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow). The term's first known appearance was in Edward Hall's Chronicle (The union of the two noble and illustrate families of Lancestre and Yorke), first published sometime before 1548.The sermon reflected procrastination's connection at the time to task avoidance or delay, volition or will, and sin.


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