‘Why do we procrastinate,’ I ask you? It is never for our good and it only holds us back. All our brain energy is used up in shoulds like this.
I should really vacuum today
I should finish that school project.
I should do some grocery shopping.
I should really discipline the kids for stealing that candy.
I should call my mother.
I should go for a walk today.
The trouble with the shoulds is that they become I wish I hads.
I wish I’d vacuumed before company dropped in.
I wish I had turned in that project so I could pass to the next grade.
I wish I had stuff in the house to cook a decent meal for the family.
I wish I had disciplined the kids when they stole candy. They might not be in jail now.
I wish I’d visited with my mom before she died.
I wish I’d been more active when I was able, now I can’t walk at all.
Don’t procrastinate— there’s no time to lose. (Proverbs 6:4, MSG)
Prayer- Lord, we have a list of shoulds. Show us how to tackle them one by one. Amen.