My 20-year-old grandson has a sign on his bedroom door that declares that the rewards of procrastinating and being lazy are immediate as opposed to the time it can take to realize the rewards of worthwhile endeavors. I am sure my grandson put up that sign with a smile on his face. In truth, though, I think most of us now and then procrastinate about something, such as a school assignment, a household chore or repair, a bill we have to pay, an appointment with a doctor or dentist, a change we should make in our diet, a visit to the confessional.
Sometimes we are just lazy. We presume we have the luxury of time, and so we can delay thrusting ourselves into the not-so-attractive task or situation. Instead of taking the bull by the horns, we sneak up on him quietly and snooze with him, to extend the metaphor.
It might be a good idea to consider the benefits of not procrastinating. We might find that we are healthier or happier as we prove to ourselves we have the strength to get things accomplished. We could even find ourselves grateful to God for the numerous gifts and abilities he has given us. That gratitude could lead us to encourage someone else who is struggling to overcome procrastination. The relief we experience by doing what needs to be done can make us more confident. It does feel good to be able to cross something off that good old “to-do” list.