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Hello and welcome to giveattentiontoreading.com, where you can get your daily dose of the Great Physician’s medicine. Today’s reading is from Acts chapters 23 and 24. I’d like to give attention to Acts 24:25.
And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
Felix makes a mistake here that I make all too often. He procrastinated. I know that what he heard shocked him and made him afraid. It says he was alarmed. He heard something that he just really didn’t want to deal with. And instead of making a decision right then, he thought he could just put it off.
Sadly, I do this all too often. When I’m reading God’s Word and I find a challenge, especially one that frightens me, I tend to think that instead of making a decision right then I can just put it off. It’s as if I sometimes think that putting it of is different from deciding not to do it right now. It’s like those folks who think you can decide not to decide instead of realizing that that’s making a decision not to do whatever it was you were thinking about. And so I see the challenge and I justify in my mind saying, “Oh yes, I accept the challenge, but I’ll get to that tomorrow or next week or even next year.” And I procrastinate.
The only way I can keep from being like Felix is to just do the next right thing. Whatever challenge God puts before me in His Word, I just need to accept it and without getting bogged down in fear about outcomes and how everybody else is going to feel about it, I just need to do the next right thing.
What’s my life going to be like if I do that? I don’t know. I’m sure there’s going to be tough days. I’m sure there’ll be hard things. I’m sure there’ll end up being rocky relationships because of it. But if I’m doing the next right thing, well, I’m doing the next right thing.
I don’t want to be a procrastinator like Felix. And so, I need to face the challenges. I need to accept what God has said and start working on it today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Because putting it off is the same as saying, “I’m just not going to do that.”
What are you going to do today?
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