Psalm 52:10, 11
I am a procrastinator. There, I said it. It’s been proven by my actions, but I don’t often admit it. I am sure it comes as no surprise to those around me as I offer excuses, turn things in late or push deadlines to their limits. Today’s gospel turned my mind to procrastination and doing what needs to be done. Jesus tells the crowds who come looking for him and want him to stay longer that he has to go to other towns: “I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
I, too, have a purpose: To live my life in the light, working, relaxing and praying, all the while knowing that I tried to live up to the good God sees in me. Procrastination blocks the light and perhaps serves as a mask to my fear of failure or not measuring up.
I want my life to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God. I want to stop putting off what needs to be done and to make the most of what is here and now instead of waiting until tomorrow. By opening myself to God, by praying for the strength and courage to do what needs to be done and beyond, I know I am opening myself to the light.
When I am praying for that strength and courage, I also am reminded by the first reading to give thanks for the people in my life. Truly, my family, my friends, my colleagues are a miracle everyday. I am blessed with riches beyond measure.
I pray today (I won’t put it off until tomorrow!) for God’s help that I live that life of purpose. And I thank God for all of the people who have made my life so wonderful.
By Carol Zuegner