You have probably heard the old saying, “Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” I know I have heard it a million times before, but unfortunately, I have still been guilty of procrastinating, especially when it comes to something I do not really want to do. I am not the only one who does this. People often drag their heels for various reasons. Most of the time, it is probably due to laziness. However, there are many other reasons why people procrastinate.
For instance, we tend to delay action when we feel overwhelmed. Indeed, a complicated task can result in mental paralysis because you do not want to figure out where to start, how to start, or what to do next. Inaction is much easier. Likewise, just considering the task before you can be enough to invoke the fear of failure. Once fear takes hold, it is difficult for many people to move past it in order to accomplish what they have set out to do. This occurs quite frequently when it comes to health and fitness.
Procrastination is the coffin that the best laid diet and exercise plans are put to rest and buried alive in. Too often, you set a certain date to start your new, healthier lifestyle, then come up with the perfect excuse to delay implementing your new plan. More than likely, you abandon it altogether, telling yourself you will start at a more convenient time. Usually, that time becomes January of the following year, and you promise yourself you will keep the New Year’s Resolution this time. If you think about it, you will remember you have made that promise to yourself several times and broken it every year.
Furthermore, you have no idea what is going on inside your body in the interim. Are your arteries clogging with plaque? Are you two months away from having a stroke? Will your doctor diagnose you with hypertension when you go for your annual physical examination? Obesity related illnesses do not take a vacation while you hide from the problem before you, and neither do complications stemming from eating disorders. On the contrary, procrastination gives birth to them. It is much easier to do the work of weakening, and ultimately, destroying your body from the inside out when you do not fight against the process.
Consequently, the cold truth of the matter is your inaction is, in and of itself, an action. Your indecision is actually a decision. By doing nothing, you actually are doing something. You have chosen a course of action that leads to your early, painful, and completely unnecessary demise. It does not have to be that way. I encourage you today to make the better choice. Do not let the enemy convince you not to try for fear that you will not succeed. It is a lie told by the father of lies (John 8:44). Instead, put off the ways of the sluggard and adopt the work ethic of the ant (Proverbs 6:6). Do not wait! Start right now because tomorrow is not promised.If you are ready to make better health and fitness choices through Christ, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!