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Procrastinator's Argument

            On the exterior, all seemed calm.  Turning away from his task, and heading toward the beckoning computer on his desk, Procrastinator attempted to answer the pleas of his quiet companion.  His Friend was usually a patient One, but seemed inordinately upset with him just now.  Striving to convince his counselor that he was making the right choice, Procrastinator began his defense.

            “I’d rather be able to relax now, than later.  I feel in control when I do what I want to do, instead of what someone else, or something else wants me to do.  It’s my quiet victory, my way to “fight back” from being pushed around by life, responsibilities, and drudgery.  I shouldn’t have to waste my time doing things I don’t want to do.  After all, it’s MY life to use and MY time to spend as I wish. 

            “That’s what being grown up is,” he continued,  “... being the boss of my own life.  Letting my desires and feelings guide and drive my life makes me feel honest, like I’m not a fake.  Jesus would want me to be honest.  Letting other things and people influence my decisions, is letting them have control or power over me.  That should never happen.  What’s best is for me to be in control of my own life.”

            “Oh, Procrastinator,” the Holy Spirit answered, “you will have time to relax later.  Now is not the time!  Do you really want to be in control and do what you want?  Or, do you want Me to be in control, and help you do what you know you ought to do?  Deep down, wouldn’t you rather be able to do what you should?” Counselor asked.

            Ignoring the question, while searching sites on the Internet, Procrastinator tried to look content in his distractions.   

            Not giving up so easily, Counselor continued.  “I see your ‘quiet rebellion.’  You are ‘fighting back’ against your weariness with life’s responsibilities and drudgery by indulging yourself!  Don’t you know that you are also quietly rebelling against God, by ignoring My whispers to your conscience?  Doing the thing that I want you to do is not a waste of your time.  Ignoring Me is the same as ignoring Jesus.  After all, it’s actually His life to use and His time you are spending.  Or, did you forget that ‘you were bought at a price’? 1.  ‘(Jesus) died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them.’ 2.  As a Christian, that’s what being ‘grown up’ 3.  is all about, Procrastinator...  letting Jesus be the ‘boss’ of your life.”  

            Now, Procrastinator was looking really uncomfortable.  He silently wished that his Counselor would go away.  But, to no avail.

            Counselor was just getting warmed up.  “It’s true, letting your selfish desires drive your life DOES make you ‘honest,’ in a sense.  No, you are not a fake.  You are acting like the child of Adam and Eve that you are.  But, that is not what Jesus wants,” He said.

            Mindful that Procrastinator had not been reading his Bible much, the Holy Spirit reviewed the facts of his new life.  “You’re forgetting that as soon as you believed in Jesus for eternal life, you became a member of a new family, besides Adam and Eve’s—the family of God. 4.  You were ‘born’ a second time (spiritually speaking) when you trusted Him to forgive your sin and give you eternal life. 5.  So, now you are a beloved child of God.  And, your Savior is making everything new in your life! 6.  Don’t you know that He came to give you the power to overcome sin, as well as to forgive you for it? 7.  So, since you don’t want to be a ‘fake,’ let Me ask you a question.  Right now, are you looking more like a child of your Heavenly Father, or a child of your earthly father? 8.  You don’t want to look like a ‘fake’ Christian, do you?  Shouldn’t you want to look more like the new you, than the old you?” 

            “Well, maybe...” said Procrastinator.

            Counselor continued, “So, you think it’s bad to let other things and people have any control over you.  Really?  Do you live alone on an island?  You’re telling Me that good friends, family, school teachers, pastors, police officers, traffic laws, institutions, governments, etc. should not have any power or control over you?  Of course they should.  Since that’s so, why is it surprising that the One who made you, loves you perfectly and knows what’s best for you, would want to direct your steps? 9.  However, He cannot help you unless you choose to yield that control to Him, and submit to your Lord’s leading.”

            “Counselor, I can’t do what you’re asking!” said Procrastinator, exasperated.  “I don’t want to get started on removing this task in front of me right now...  it’s too complicated.  I don’t know where to start, or how to get started.  Even if I did, it wouldn’t matter.  There is no way I can make this mountain go away.  I will never be successful.  Then, all my time and effort will have been wasted.”

            Knowing how much Jesus loved him, the Holy Spirit gave Procrastinator’s mind the image of Jesus putting His arm around Procrastinator’s shoulders, to comfort him.  He longed to communicate the joy that awaited his obedience. 10.  “Calm down, Procrastinator,” Counselor pleaded gently.  “Don’t be so pessimistic.  The way you get started on removing a mountain is to pick up a shovel and start digging.  That’s not too complicated, is it?  Do the first thing.  If you hit a rock, move over and dig somewhere else.  I’m not asking you to be successful.  That’s My job.  I’m asking you to be obedient.  Your efforts are never wasted, when you are doing something for God.  That shows Jesus that you love Him.” 11.

            “Counselor, you know I love Jesus!  But, removing mountains is not even fun,” Procrastinator reasoned.  Frustrated by his inability to concentrate on the computer, he got up and moved across the room to his sit in his recliner.

            Continuing, he complained, “Removing mountains is very hard work.  I’m tired just thinking about it!  I’m weak.  I’m lazy.  I’m just not that smart.  I don’t have the right resources, and I’m all alone.”

            “So many excuses!” the Holy Spirit moaned to Himself, under His breath.  “Yes, Procrastinator, removing mountains can be very hard work.  Don’t think about what’s ahead. 12.  I will be with you, and I’ll give you the wisdom and resources you need as you go,” 13.  Counselor replied. 

            Sensing that Procrastinator was running out of arguments, the Holy Spirit pressed a little more.  “Who says things have to be ‘fun’ for you to do them?  The ‘fun feeling’ comes when the task is done!  You remember what that’s like.” 

            “No, not really!” the cynical Procrastinator retorted.  I can barely remember being without this mountain.  Besides, it’s unrealistic to think I can ever make it go away.  Even if by some miracle I did achieve my goal, some people in my life might not be satisfied with my efforts, anyway.”

            “Whether you’re successful or not, and whether others are satisfied or not, I will be satisfied, if you follow My lead and get started,” said Counselor.  “Then, don’t stop unless I tell you it’s okay.” 

            Sighing, “Maybe You’re right,” Procrastinator conceded.  “I’ve heard there is new strength and vigor to be found in practicing discipline over one’s feelings.  But, that’s counter-intuitive.  Besides, that word ‘discipline’ just sounds downright scary to me.”

            “Dear Procrastinator, imagine what it would be like if the mountain does go away!  You’ll feel so free, so much more encouraged, and optimistic!  You could be rid of this weight!  In the meantime, there is new strength and vigor to be found in practicing discipline over your feelings.  That’s called ‘walking by faith,’ instead of by what you see. 14.  Yes, it’s counter-intuitive.  I know that word ‘discipline’ sounds a little scary, but it’s really your friend. 15.  You must trust Me in this.  Then, when all is said and done, you will have time to relax, later.”

            Procrastinator knew that Counselor was right.  That undeniable conviction, from deep within himself, was difficult to ignore.  But, he was trying his best to do so.  Settling deeper into his recliner and closing his eyes, Procrastinator strove to block out the bothersome image in his mind—his invisible Counselor, standing by his side, staring at him incredulously.  With resolve, he ended the discussion.

            “Thanks for the free advise, Counselor, but I’d rather be able to relax now, than later.  I feel in control when I do what I want to do, instead of what someone else, or something else wants me to do.  It’s my quiet victory, my way to “fight back” from being pushed around by life, responsibilities, and drudgery.  I shouldn’t have to waste my time doing things that I don’t want to do.  After all, it’s MY life to use and to MY time to spend as I wish...” 



1.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

2.  2 Corinthians 5:15 

3.  1 Corinthians 13:11 

4.  John 1:12 

5.  John 1:13 

6.  2 Corinthians 5:17

7.  Romans 6:11-14

8.  John 15:4 

9.  Psalm 32:8-10

10.  John 15:9-11

11.  John 14:15

12.  Matthew 6:34

13.  Matthew 7:7-8

14.  1 John 5:3-4 

15.  Hebrews 12:10-11  

 


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3/18/13

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