I have once again procrastinated! I have waited until the deadline is looming over me. I have put off what could have been done a week ago. I could have chosen to be prompt and organized, but I waited. I chose to put off the inevitable. I waited so long that, I am wondering how I will ever manage to accomplish what needs to be finished. Once again, I am asking myself, “Why did I wait until the last minute?” “Why didn't I take care of this sooner?” “Why, oh why?”

Don picks on me that I do well under pressure. I'm not really sure that I like the pressure. I would much rather do things in a slow and relaxed state of mind. This rushing is too much! I might just crack with the pressure that I am facing. Hurry, hurry, hurry!

Why did I do this to myself? I've got to stop wasting time thinking about this and get busy. But there are distracting noises. I have something else that needs to be done first. I'm having trouble focusing. The phone is ringing and I just can't get it done! Come on, I can't be the only one who does this.

During this season of Lent, perhaps you have decided to deny yourself of something that you enjoy. Or perhaps you have decided to serve others to show your love to God for his sacrifice. Maybe you are like me and your good intentions have not materialized as planned. Maybe it's time to step back and reevaluate your decision. Psalm 100:2 says, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” When I tackle a job or a service that I am giving with a joyful attitude and do it for the Lord, not the praise of others, it goes so much better. It is easier to do what needs to be done. I am not worried about what someone else thinks. The deadline isn't typically a problem, because I am serving out of love and care, it's easy and enjoyable. Take a breath and join me as we travel together through Lent and into Holy Week. Let's worship with gladness and serve with joy.

In Christ, Pastor Olinda