I can’t even lie…five days out of seven I’m a procrastinator’s procrastinator. Usually, if I have an opportunity to get it done the day before it needs to be done, I’ll take it. This is definitely not something that I’m proud of but it’s something that I am working to get better with and I’d bet that several of you reading this are probably working toward the same thing. I do a lot of different things to try to motivate myself past procrastination. I plan and write big, bold notes, I leave motivational quotes and sayings around my desk but nothing has proved to be more motivational or more impactful than the living word of God. I did a little research and although most us have always heard that procrastination is rooted in fear, Psychology Today published an article that lists a few more triggers that cause us to be ‘last-minute Lisas’. So, no matter what your reason may be, I’ve got the scriptures to help move you forward.
Reason #1: Absence of Structure In Your Day
1 Corinthians 14:40 – But all things should be done decently and in order.”
Ephesians 5:15- ” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time…”
Reason #2: Unpleasant Tasks
Colossians 3:23- “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”
Reason #3: Timing of Reward
Psalm 128:2 – “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.”
Proverbs 14:23- “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty”
Reason #4: Anxiety or Fear of Failure
Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Philippians 4:6-8 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Reason #5: Lack of Self-Confidence
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Many of us know a few of these scriptures like the back of our hands but there’s so much power in speaking these verses in the exact moment that we need them. If your reason for procrastination is anxiety or if you’re lacking motivation because of the long wait for the reward, write down these scripture(s) and pull them out when you feel yourself moving toward complacency. This is exactly what I have been doing and while I’m still working at it, I’m getting better every day. God bless.
What are some other verses that you use to motivate you?