Saturday, May 26

Don’t procrastinate doing good

Scripture: Proverbs 1-3, Romans 7

Proverbs 3:27-28  When it is in your power, don’t withhold good from the one to whom it belongs.  28 Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go away!  Come back later.  I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you.  

Observation and application

A small piece of wisdom from Proverbs: don’t procrastinate doing good.  If you can do it now, do it now.  Often we wait, and never get around to it.  Our delays are sometimes just excuses to avoid doing the right thing.  

If someone asks for prayer, pray with them right then.  Don’t put it off—you may forget.

If someone needs help and you can help them, do it!  Don’t put it off—you may never get to it.

If someone needs money and you have some, give it!  Don’t put it off and end up giving nothing.

When I think about why I procrastinate, it’s often because I don’t want to do it now (or at all).  I want to find a way to avoid doing it.  Often “later” means “never”.   But the best time to do good is usually “now”.  

Of course there are times when we can’t do what’s asked; we lack the time or money or skills.  We can’t feel badly about saying no then.  But this verse says, “when it is in your power”—that is, you have the time, money and skills—then don’t procrastinate.  Do it!

Prayer: Lord, help my default answer be yes. I don’t want to be a procrastinator or avoider.  I want to be a doer of good, a lover of people.