by Pastor Mark Jordan
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB).
Are you a procrastinator? Is it a chronic condition? The other day I was speaking with a friend about the perceived fallacy of working under pressure. Some might actually work better that way, but not me. I need to prepare, execute, and review to do my best work. Admittedly, it can be hard to get started, but once I do, I’m glad I did. When I procrastinate, however, I feel rushed. So for me, I may work faster under pressure, but this doesn’t mean I work better. Is it true for you?
Beyond procrastination, we can get caught up in when/then thinking. This means that we feel what ‘A’ happens, then you can tackle ‘B.’ This is true when considering education, applying for a job, asking for a promotion, getting married, or having kids. What I’ve come to learn is you’re never really ready, and there will always be something drop up to divide my attention. Taking King Solomon’s wisdom in today’s verse, ““If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB).”
Are you waiting for something to happen? Whether it’s procrastination or when/then thinking, waiting for the perfect condition will leave you in a perpetual state of wait. Don’t wait. Get going. Tackle the test. Proceed with the project. Start to serve. Just do it!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for not waiting until I’m perfect to love me. Forgive me for the times I wait to get started, thinking another time will be perfect. Help me to work for you, starting right now. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.