The English poet, Edward Young, wrote in 1742 that “Procrastination is the thief of time.” I, like most of you, learned this quote in my early childhood and it has stuck with me up until this day. The literal meaning of this idiom is that delaying or postponing something that you know you need to do will only waste your time and possibly your life. I see a lot of life wasters each day. It doesn’t take me more than a Ten (10) minute conversation with someone to discern if they like to mark time or if this person is actually a doer.

We as humans have this cloud of perception that we are here on earth forever. Another quote from Edward Young says that “All men think all men are mortal but themselves.” No my dear people, our days are like a fleeting shadow, the Psalmist said and each sunrise that you get to experience is one day less of your days here on earth. John 9:4 ESV warns that “We must work the works of him who sent us while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

As we draw the curtains on 2023, look for any life wasters that have stolen your time and life, then make a commitment to move to action. Never forget that “the hand of the diligent will always rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.” (Proverbs 12:24 ESV). I pray for you this week that the Lord will give you His enabling grace to accomplish what you have purposed in your heart. AMEN!


Lady Abena.