You get-things-done-in-a-timely-manner people always make fun of us procrastinators. Yes, I am a procrastinator. In fact, I’m a Pro procrastinator.
One time in seminary, I decided to do an assignment early. It was a bit difficult to muster the right attitude to get it done. But I finished the paper about 10 days before it was due. I laughed about it and considered it a blessing from Baby Jesus.
Baby Jesus forgot to remind me to turn the paper in on time.
I lost a whole letter grade because it was late.
Since then I’ve learned that I’m a procrastinator and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s how I work best. And my work gets done. And it gets done well.
When I first began to take my faith seriously, I used The UpperRoom a lot. I would read the day’s devotional, and I had older copies that I would read through constantly. The devotional helped me think about everyday life as being holy, and to look out for the sacred around me. After a while, I had a goal–not quite a dream or an aspiration or a longing. The goal was to write an UpperRoom…..
Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach. Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed. When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen. Some people barely…..