“The Mañana Syndrome”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,
because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15-16
Mañana  in Spanish is tomorrow so the mañana syndrome can then be defined as
procrastination, (putting off till tomorrow what can and should be done today). All of us have
been guilty of procrastination at one time or another and probably wished we hadn’t. Some
people have even made a habit of it. The truth is getting into the mañana syndrome can lead
to varying degrees of trouble. Whether at home, work, or school procrastination isn’t healthy.
Eventually, you have to play catch up or worse, you may become overwhelmed and unable to
catch up. The best advice is don’t put things off, stay current. If you have ever skipped a week
or two in mowing the lawn in the spring you know what I’m talkin bout!
God warns of procrastination. He calls those who are procrastinators, sluggards and a quick
study in Proverbs tells of the plight of the sluggard and it isn’t good. Destruction awaits those
who roll over in the bed (Prov. 24:32-34).
Over the years I’ve heard lots of good intentions such as, “I’ll be more faithful when things
slow down”, “I’ll start giving when I get out of debt”, “I’m going to get more serious about my
relarionship with God real soon”. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much follow through or fruit
from Mañana Christianity.
Justification is the sister to procrastination, “ Well I was planning on it but… Something came
up,” doesn’t work with God. His Word is clear, ”whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to
do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17).
Great News!, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them”
(John 13:17)


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