Invitational Procrastination

In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and  thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. We sometimes prefer avoiding negative emotions, and delaying a stressful task. We might be afraid of an overwhelming task and we don’t know where to start. We might dread the displeasure of doing the task, as it might be a complex task when performance is being measured and we may have a fear of actual failure. We can suffer from procrastination in invitation, we sometimes are waiting for conditions to be perfect, before we invite or we fear failure or the dread of a rejection. To combat procrastination psychologists tell us to think about what we are thinking about. It is called meta-cognition. If we have been prompted by God to invite we need to think back to God’s prompting and invite someone today to take a closer look at Christ and his church.