I am a procrastinator. I procrastinate laundry, cleaning my room, putting away clothes, among other things. At the top of my procrastination list is school work. As a homeschooler, it’s easy to procrastinate my work…the accountability level is not as high, especially since my mom/teacher has my three younger siblings as students too. Last year I was in charge of being diligent with my math homework, but I’m sorry to say that I quickly fell behind. I want this year to be different.
“It is impossible to fail if you apply yourself to your work.”
One of our youth pastors shared this with our group last Sunday, and it made me think. It’s true. If you are diligent and faithful and non-procrastinational (yes I just made up that word), it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to fail. If you try your hardest and do your best, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to fail. The question is, are you willing to apply yourself to your work?
The book of Proverbs is packed full of inspiring wisdom on this topic. In fact, the other night I picked a verse from proverbs as my “verse of the school year”. I’m going to hang it in my room and memorize it so I can be motivated to work hard this school year. Here’s the verse:
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.” –Proverbs 21:5
I don’t know about you, but abundance sounds pretty sweet. But if you’re left feeling a little confused, let me explain what this word means.
Some synonyms to “abundance” are: excess, a great quantity, plenty. But this verse isn’t specific to what we will have an abundance of if we are diligent. Well, if you think about it, there are many benefits and abundances to being diligent.
- Abundance of peace
When you focus on your work and diligently complete it, you won’t be stressed by your procrastination, and instead be filled with peace. I know I sure like feeling peaceful instead of stressing over my unfinished work.
- Abundance of time
Diligence and distractions don’t go together. If you complete your work when it’s supposed to be completed and do it quickly without getting distracted, you will have much more time for enjoyable things. Some could argue that when you procrastinate you have an abundance of time as well, but it’s not really enjoyable time. Think about it. When you spend time doing things other than what you should be doing, you can quickly become stressed.
- Abundance of joy
Remember that feeling of joy when you diligently and quickly complete everything assigned to you? You feel productive, successful, and joyful.
Not only do we profit from the “abundances” that come from being diligent, but we also glorify God. He didn’t intend for us to be stressed, tired, and procrastinational (there’s that word again). Sin gave us those qualities. That’s why God gives us these jewels of wisdom in Proverbs that help us become more like Him.
Whether you started school last Monday, or you plan on starting soon, remember that God wants to bless us with an abundance of joy, peace, and time. But we must apply ourselves to our work and be diligent. Will you join me in the pursuit of diligence?
- Do you have any goals for this school year? What are some ways other readers and I can be praying for you? Leave a comment below and let us know!