There is not an easy way to acknowledge this, so I will just blurt it out. (so to speak) It’s my middle name, one I am not proud to carry. But perhaps the time has come to reveal the truth I can no longer deny — my middle name is — Procrastination. There I have said it. And it only took me how many years to admit to this? (I’m seeing some irony in how long I put off coming clean about this little known fact)
Although, in retrospect, maybe this fact isn’t as “little known” as I would like to believe that it is. Perhaps a name like Procrastination makes no secret of its’ presence or its’ claim on the person who bears it. So for those who know me, this is no big revelation, just a long overdue admission.
Now I like to think my first name is Persistence, an admirable attribute to be sure. But in my case, living up to my name simply means that I am very persistent in my procrastinations, meaning that I persistently procrastinate at every opportunity. The result? paralysis — which of course leads to yet more procrastination.
I am definitely on the hamster’s wheel, trapped in this non-productive cycle. If only my first name were Prudence! Or would that simply result in my being wise and discerning in how I procrastinate? Or Patience, that would be a good first name, wouldn’t it? Well, maybe not if my middle name is Procrastination. I would just be a very patient procrastinator; patiently, persistently, prudently procrastinating day after day.
So many good attributes, so many good names – all brought down by the misfortune of my middle name – Procrastination. Seems like the remedy is the removal of my middle name. People often received name changes in the Bible, why not me? Although, I’m thinking this name change idea might require more of me than just changing my name. I might have to change my behavior to match my new name. I might even be more productive! I should definitely take some time to think about this. After all, that would be the prudent thing to do.
So, dear readers, I leave you now in order to ponder this possibility; I must give it its’ due. So I will prudently, patiently, persistently, productively ponder the possibility of changing my middle name from Procrastination to – ? ? ? . The possibilities for a new name are endless . . . and the ramifications far reaching.
This changing of my middle name will take some time . . . I’ll get back to y’all.
Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4)
“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)
” . . . I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
sincerely, Grace Day