Maybe a Little Procrastination is OK

I’ve got to say “finishing” is the last topic about which I should write. When writing blogs, I get about 75% done and just stop. It’s not that I don’t finish things I start, but I like to procrastinate the process just a little. I don’t like to see things come to an end. I like the process and I like the work involved.

Even when grumbling, I just like the middle place of anticipating the ending. And then sitting back and enjoying the completion.

Yet as a mom, all I do is preach finish what you start.

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Start your homework and then finish your homework. Get a toy out and then put it away. Put on your plate what you can finish!

And even when God acts as our Daddy, I think He tells us the same kind of thing. Love each other as yourself. (Take love to it’s completion.) Go make disciples of all nations. (Don’t just hear and accept my Love, but share it with others.) Go, sin no more. (Live blamelessly.)

But sometimes I wonder … If procrastination runs rampant with me and other “artists” … whether it’s a musician or writer or painter or right brainer, I have to wonder if it’s a God trait too. Now you people that wallow in the art of procrastination are about to think I’m grasping at straws in order to justify my somewhat annoying behavior, but hear me out.

I mean, it takes me week to write and edit a song or blog … sometimes hours. But the master of the universe? Milliseconds? I think about creation and the beauty He was creating. And quite honestly, I’m pretty sure He could have knocked out the whole creation thing in a day or so. I mean the Word says it … God said let there be this and that, and it just was! And it makes me wonder if he sat and enjoyed it all just a little longer than he had to. I wonder if He sat and thought, “I’m going to drag this out and enjoy this middle place.”

The God said, “Let us make man in our image.” (Genesis 1:26)

So God created man in his own image,
In the image of God he created him;
Male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

We are the wonderful image of our Creator, so why would it be far fetched to say God has a little sprinkle of positive procrastination in His character? So from now own I’m going to ditch the negative procrastination. You know, putting things off out of lazy or lack of desire to adult.

But I think I’ll occasionally hold onto the good kind of procrastination. The kind that enjoys and appreciates the process and celebrates the beauty and even sadness as it comes to an end.

Because the middle places are often the most beautiful to watch. And sometimes perhaps even painful to sit through when you’re in the ditches, but they are real.  And they are tangible. And they are there. They remind us there is a beautiful ending.

And when we get to the other side of the valley, I want to look back and know that I enjoyed the process and work and journey of it all.

So just maybe it’s OK to procrastinate just a little.

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Anna Owens Walls is one half of the BB’s and the other half of Jackson Walls (literally, she married her singing partner).You can catch the BB’s here , but to hear Jackson Walls you have to come to Alabama where you may catch them singing “I’ll Fly Away” or “Amazing Grace” at a local pub.When not singing or playing an instrument, she owns and operates a busy horse farm.She has a 9 year old daughter named Josephine.
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Anna Owens Walls is one half of the BB’s and the other half of Jackson Walls (literally, she married her singing partner). You can catch the BB’s here , but to hear Jackson Walls you have to come to Alabama where you may catch them singing “I’ll Fly Away” or “Amazing Grace” at a local pub. When not singing or playing an instrument, she owns and operates a busy horse farm. She has a 9 year old daughter named Josephine.

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