Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
We’ve all heard this famous saying, but how many of us put it into practice? How many of us actually do what we know we should do on any given day? It’s so much easier to give into our feelings and put things off until a more convenient time, but is any time really convenient for something that you don’t want to do in the first place? The answer is “no,” but we make ourselves feel better by still committing to complete the task, but just completing it at a later date. There’s a saying, “Procrastination is the thief of time,” and when you find that you don’t have enough time to do what you have to do, frustration and stress begin to take over. Both take away from your peace, and without peace, there is no joy. We actually cause more havoc in our lives by procrastinating, and then we want to pass blame on why we either can’t or won’t complete the task. We need to learn how to press through what we may be feeling in order to get things done. Dreading things won’t make them go away—it only makes doing them much harder.
The story of Moses, Pharaoh, and the plague of the frogs is a perfect illustration of this. Because of Pharaoh’s disobedience to God to set the Egyptians free, God commands frogs to infect the whole land. Frogs were everywhere. They were in the Nile River, their palaces, their bedrooms, their beds, their ovens, their kneading bowls, and eventually attacking all the people in the land. Everywhere you look, frogs were there. How annoying is that! All Pharaoh had to do was let the Egyptians go… that day. Simple, right? In theory the answer is a no brainer, but Pharaoh put off getting the solution to his problem until a later time:
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, “Plead with the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the LORD.”
“You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River.” “Do it tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. “All right,” Moses replied, “it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the LORD our God.
Exodus 8:8-10 NLT (emphasis added)
Can you visualize the scene? A whole town is infested with frogs, and an immediate solution is right in front of them, but Pharaoh’s response was pray to God, but do it tomorrow! You’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with anything? You may not be dealing with an infestation of frogs, but what have you been putting off taking care of? What’s causing havoc in your life that you’re putting off dealing with? You have opportunity in front of you TODAY to complete your tasks, so why wait? We need to learn how to use the 24 hours that we’re given every day to be productive. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone (see James 4:14), so we need to take advantage of today!
Don’t be like Pharaoh and continue to live in uncomfortable situations when you can do something about it. Don’t wait to start that diet, start today; don’t wait to let go of that bad relationship, let it go today; don’t wait to get out of debt, start today; don’t wait until tomorrow to clean your house, clean it today; don’t put off exercising until next week; exercise today; don’t put off tackling difficult tasks, do them today; don’t wait to forgive that person who hurt you, forgive today; don’t wait to obey God; obey Him today; don’t wait to get saved, get saved TODAY!
You’re not going to get more than 24 hours in a day—it’s humanly impossible; so do TODAY what can be done TODAY, and stop letting procrastination steal your time and your joy!