It’s report time. I’ve known about it for a while but it is finally here. It is like the paper the professor assigned at the beginning of the semester and now it is due within the week. It is crunch time because you’ve allowed other things to get in the way. They were necessary but they didn’t get you where you needed to be.
I like how Chuck Swindoll describes this professional thief that steals your time away.
“Chances are you’d never pick this slick little guy out of a crowd, but many, over the years, have come to regard him as a formidable giant. Quick as a laser and silent as a moonbeam, he can pick any lock. Once inside, his winsome ways will captivate your attentions. You’ll treat him like your best friend. But watch out. He’ll strip you without a blink of remorse.
Master clever logic that he is, the bandit will rearrange the facts just enough to gain your sympathies. When others call his character into question, you’ll find yourself not only believing in him, but actually quoting and defending him. Too late, you’ll see through his ruse and give him grudging credit as the shrewdest of all thieves. Some never come to such a realization at all. They stroll to their graves arm-in-arm with the very robber who has stolen away their lives. His name? Procrastination. His specialty? Stealing time and incentive.
This not only happens with reports or tests that creep up on us, it happens in most of our bathrooms when we step on the scales. I know you have done it, as have I. You step on the scales and look down in disbelief. “Who broke my scale?” The scale is telling the truth, but the thief offers another interpretation. So what do you do? Wait to deal with it another day because you can put it off ‘til tomorrow. Besides, you have a box full of donuts to celebrate something with."
Some of you have been putting some things off for a while now. You’ve ignored it, dodged it, postponed it, even run from it. The time is now to check that off your list. The thief offers the perfect alibi and back on the shelf goes your decision. Don’t fall for it this time.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23
I pray your day will be profitable as you work on eliminating another long, overdue item on your list of postponed tasks.
Remember that we will have our Faith Promise Dinner on Saturday at 5:30pm in the Family Life Center. Sam Tamayo from the Philippines will be our guest speaker. He has an incredible testimony you will not want to miss. Our Work and Witness Team will be sharing some stories from the Tennessee trip to Crosstyle Ministries as well as our Kinderchoir sharing a song. Childcare will be provided for 3 and under. The kids will love hearing all the things God is doing in our world. It is going to be a great night. So don’t put it off, put it on your calendar right now.
Ok, where do I start on this report…? What else can I do…
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene