Put Off Until Tomorrow

"To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b).

Prioritizing my workload as a homeschooling parent was difficult because everything seemed urgent. The baby needed to be bathed and fed, the clothes needed to be washed, the meals needed to be kept on schedule, and daily school lessons needed to be completed. Too many days I felt like Peter robbing Paul as I juggled each of these activities. Anything that could be put off until tomorrow usually was, including grading papers, quizzes, and tests.

I didn't realize my children's annoyance with my grading delay until my daughter said, "It's been over a week since I took that history test! I studied so hard! When are you ever going to grade it?" My failure in giving instant feedback not only caused frustration and a lack of motivation in our homeschooling, but it also eliminated the opportunity to correct errors immediately to prevent them from being repeated in future lessons. Sadly, my children's schoolwork suffered for several years from my inability to prioritize.

Accepting Christ as Savior is also a decision many people put off until tomorrow. The busyness of life takes priority, and people fail to take time to consider the serious, life-changing gift of eternal life. Like the foolish man who stored up more and more treasures for himself on Earth (Luke 12:18-20), they miss making the most important decision in life.

Do you have family members, friends, or even fellow homeschoolers who don't know Christ as their Savior? God's Word says in Hebrews 3:13, "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Don't wait to tell of Christ's love and forgiveness to those you love. Tomorrow may be too late.

Lord, use me today to reach those people who have yet to put their trust in You. Show me their needs and help me to share clearly the message of salvation. In the saving name of Jesus, Amen.

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Comments(11 comments)

KESHA C 03/23/2009 18:01:14

Hoooow convicting...But it's confirmation! Lord help me to do better!

AUDRA K 03/21/2012 03:54:04

I needed to hear that! Thanks for telling the truth in love and motivating us to do better. I have been convicted that my constant procrastination is a problem. Lord help me to not procrastinate in homeschooling or life anymore.

DAVID C 03/21/2012 04:20:49

This is Jennifer :). We should not be lazy or procrastinate, but we also can only do so much. The Lord has given us only 24 hrs. in a day - grading a test may not be on His list for that day, (although it may be.) As a homeschooling mom who has felt overwhelmed by responsibilities for over a decade, I cannot put that pressure on someone else. It was unhealthy and unhelpful. Do your best at what God wants you to do that day, and leave it at that.

Ronnie L 03/21/2012 05:05:42

Thanks! Enjoyed it.

JANISE P 03/21/2012 05:10:53

God is GOOD! This is exactly what I have been struggling with these past couple of weeks. I just started homeschooling one of our 5 children in January and I completely feel overwhelmed! What comes first? There\'s instruction/grading, etc., household chores, keeping up with the other children\'s assignments, co-op deadlines, bills to pay, meals to make, and it goes on and on. Thank you God for giving me what I need when I need it, never one minute too late nor too early :) Please Lord bless me with the willingness and desire to fulfill YOUR WILL in my life today. :)

SHEILA L 03/21/2012 05:47:49

There are many, many days I have been feeling guilty for not \"getting it all done\"! I put Wyatt\'s education before the daily chores, but feeling a bit overwhelmed. I do manage to get some chores done while he is working independently and it\'s a constant \"hey, Mom, come here\"! Then evenings are spent finishing up the rest. Oh, duty calls and God is there!

TONI U 03/21/2012 06:17:06

Thankfully we don\'t choose Christ, He chooses us!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit. (John 15-16)

LENELLA M 03/21/2012 06:21:48

As home school parents, we seem to get off track when we do not look at our job as educators. If we were school teachers, and we had to leave home everyday, we would find time outside of our work schedule to get everything done.

Homeschooling is a full time job, five days a week, and we must approach it as such. Doing the job well as unto the Lord.

If you have babies, and toddlers, then you need to find ways to make the environment conducive to teaching.

Have your kids to pitch in on helping with breakfast, and get lunch prepared at breakfast time so you don\'t have to spend a long time getting it ready.

You can teach your children to sort clothes, and put a load in the washing machine, then in the dryer. Children love to help out, especially if it means undivided attention from mom.

It also teaches your children naturally learn practical everyday life skills in which to survive. Not getting your children involved in these everyday tasks is shortchanging them. You don\'t have to do everything alone.

Find creative ways in which you can be doing a task, and a child can read to you, and then you can look over their work and grade it.

When we take our eyes off of ourselves, God begins to show us how a family unit truly works, and gives us understanding in ways our children can help out, even in school work.

We must truly put God first in ALL things.

ATUNJ S 03/21/2012 06:45:42

Thank you messenger of God for reminding me of the importance of following through on the steps that lead to completion.

TABITHA J 03/21/2012 07:39:26

Both my husband and I do procrastinate a lot, especially with getting stuff done at home, but I decided to take an entire weekend to get the house cleaned and to create a schedule for household chores so that a little bit of it can be done instead of taking an entire weekend to clean the house. For my husband, he likes to play video games all day, hopefully that he will understand his role as husband and future father because once the children arrive, he would not have the time to play them. I try to tell him to play them in moderation (1-2 hours), not until he beats the game or gets frustrated.

KATHY S 03/21/2012 08:00:22

2 parts to this.

I\'ll reverse the order from the Author\'s story. Salavation, most important thing ever. If you teach your children, teach them that \"without salvation, there is no entrance into Heaven.\"

I had my son years ago when he was 4 years old repeat the sinners prayer, he had no clue why Mom had him repeating it, but in my heart, the sooner the better.

Last year at our church,at age 12, he repeated that same prayer with our Pastor, because he wanted to, and because he loves Jesus so very much.

To me, there is nothing more important you can teach your child, no bigger gift you can give your child.

Although all the subjects we teach our children in homeschool each day, there is no subject that is more important than Salvation through Jesus.

If you have not had your children ask Jeus into their hearts, put down the math books and pray with them now.

As far as the housework vs. schoolwork, try not to stress, do what you can in both area\'s.

Neither of those 2 things will \"go away\" so to speak, there are days I look around the house and go EEEEK!, I look at my grading progress and do the same.

But, the Lord is teaching me to be patient in all area\'s.

Until I heal and get out of the wheelchair and can resume my normal activities, I refuse to further stress about all the rest.

Maybe God is using this time to teach me thast I cannot alone do this all , I really have to depend on Jesus, and my son. And that you have to choose the most important things to do first.

I surely don\'t have the answers, but Jesus does !!

Take Care and God Bless !

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