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Affluent Christian Investor | November 12, 2018

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Procrastination: Read About it Now, Not Later

The Land of Cockaigne  (Painted by Pieter Brueghel the Elder) (1567)

The Land of Cockaigne
(Painted by Pieter Brueghel the Elder) (1567)

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night”

– Psalm 90:4.

This verse should cause you to think of its equivalent in the New Testament:

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”

– 2 Peter 3:8.

If you do the math, if a day is like 1,000 years, then an hour is like 46 years and a minute is like nine months with the Lord. Therefore, if the Lord promises to be there in just a minute, you know His concept of time may not be like yours! Yet, the opposite is also true: nine months in the Lord can go by as quickly as a minute. The thing you have been putting off, dare I say procrastinating with, because you thought it was going to take too long, can happen much more quickly than you thought, if you learn how to have faith for time. What is real cause of your procrastination? Is it really lack of time, or are you using that as a cover-up excuse? What project have you been putting off because you assumed you did not have the time? What more could you do, not if you got more organized, but if you began to put off fear that you have so little time and believed you had all the time in the world?

Today’s reading – Psalms 86-90

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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