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procrastinate – verb,  to delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

It took me a while to write this, but here it is.  I procrastinate.  This isn’t news to some of you.  There have been at least two editors of the church newsletter during my time at Cable Church, and both of them know this awful truth about me. So… here I am at (or past) the deadline for the July Newsletter, it’s nearly midnight, and I’m writing this.  Yeah.  I’m bad.

I once considered looking to see if there were a “12-step” program for procrastinators, but – as you might have guessed – I never got around to doing that.  Maybe you know.  Are there such groups?  Yeah. You could tell me about it, but chances are I’d never get around to going.  I need an intervention!

Usually I can keep this professional handicap hidden.  There are times, like VBS time, when such deficiencies come glaringly to the forefront.  For example, here we are with nearly two weeks to go before The Big Event, and I’m still writing the daily lessons that the teachers are supposed to teach!  Yeah.  I’m bad.  (Did I say that already?  I forget.)

So, if you have or know some kids who are coming to VBS this year, here’s “the skinny.”  Well, actually, it’s a MYSTERY!  You knew I’d say that, didn’t you?  Especially after I’ve just admitted that it isn’t FINISHED YET!  But I digress.

This year the name of VBS is “GOD’S GUMSHOES.”  Our assignment for the week is  “Solving Life’s Mysteries.”  Seems like a pretty tall order, doesn’t it?  That may explain why I haven’t finished yet.  Or, perhaps it’s because…. I procrastinate.  Yeah.  I’m bad.

We’re mixing things up a little bit this year.  Throughout the day, your kids will be challenged to discover “clues” that will help them, at the end of the day, to tell the lesson.  Usually – with VBS past – we would open with the day’s lesson and spend the rest of the time reenforcing that lesson.  This year we open with a “mystery” and set the kids up to hunt the clues all day.  In the final hour of each day we will go over the kid’s progress and “solve” that day’s mystery.

Of course, I can’t tell you what any of these “mysteries” are, but each day begins with a skit, and each skit tells a story of something to do with a detective, a plant and a dog!  Every day something different has happened with the plant.  The detective and the dog have different ideas about how to figure out what’s going on.  Which one is right?  How can the kids at VBS help them figure it out?   Can’t wait to find out, can you?  Neither can I!  (Did I mention it isn’t finished?  Yeah.  I’m bad.)

So… that’s probably enough of a tease for VBS, and likely not enough self-confession.  Truth is, I need to get to sleep so that, perhaps, I can get the daily lessons finished tomorrow.  Tomorrow.  That’s a favorite word for we procrastinators.  Often I break out in song (in my head, at least) with… “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow.  You’re only a day away.”  Me and Orphan Annie, we got it goin’ on.

This is the point in my prose where I, traditionally, insert a spiritual application or Bible verse.  I have neither at this time, except, don’t put off ’till tomorrow what ought to have been done yesterday.  No… wait!  That is (kind of) from the Bible!  Proverbs 27:1 — “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”  Or, there’s that whole business at the end of Luke 9 wherein Jesus seems to be having cross words with procrastinators, just like me!  Oh, my.  Am I that bad?

Now I really must be going.  Pray for me, that good habits overwhelm these bad ones.  Also, remember to pray for VBS this month.  Thanks, and, as always…

I’m praying for you,

Pastor Clint

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