Summer presents many opportunities for family fun, but summer can also be a fertile breeding ground for a common affliction known as “procrastination” – putting off until tomorrow what you know you should do today. Some of us are afflicted worse than others.
Have you been “putting off” getting back to those physical disciplines you know to be important? Things like getting back to your exercise routine? Watching those desserts and servings of sweet tea? Most of us can identify with the Apostle Paul where he says in Romans 7:15 “…For what I want to do I do not do…” Some of that warfare takes the form of procrastination – putting off doing what is needful for a variety of reasons. Here are a few I’ve heard: Summer excuses:
- You can’t expect me to just eat 1600 calories while I am on vacation.
- You can’t expect me to exercise when it’s so hot outside!
- You can’t expect me to have my quiet time with guests in the house!
- You can’t expect me to pass up home cookin’ on the 4th of July!
Becky Turner shares in her seminar “Freedom from Frenzy” that there are basically two reasons we procrastinate:
- The task is unpleasant – we keep pushing it off and then it controls us! Exercising and eating well are not unpleasant tasks – just the contrary. They bring life and energy to our bodies.
- The task is overwhelming – we can start with just one small but significant step, but we must start. An ancient proverb says “The best way to get something done is to begin.”
Summer has been a blast but I’m falling forward.