My German father-in-law handed me this bright yellow mug that says,
“Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute, sagen alle faulen Leute.”
I chuckled after my husband translated my morning coffee. In English it means,
“Tomorrow, tomorrow, but not today, all the lazy people say.”
While this statement holds some truth (perhaps a lot more for some), it caused me to wonder if procrastination is always created by laziness. I have heard plenty of hard-working and stressed people say “tomorrow, but not today.” I believe the common denominator is not laziness but worry.
Stress over tests causes students to binge media. Parents worrying over a child’s future will cause them to forget to rejoice in the now. The doctor says to “lose weight”, ignoring that you’ve exercised for months, so you indulge in self-soothing chocolate forgoing the diet. I could provide endless examples.
But worry and procrastination do not always manifest in a lack of activity. Sometimes they produce too much.
Student-athletes stress over scholarships to the point they forget to enjoy the game. Obsession with weight loss causes neglect over wholistic (emotional, spiritual, mental) health. The married couple worries about not having the perfect job and home before starting a family, so decide to wait—
until the wife hears tomorrow’s clock ticking on by—
No amount of peppermint tea can soothe that anxiety.
We need to plan for the future, but we need not fear it.
Corrie Ten Boom put it wisely,
“Worry doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
When we allow worry to take root in our hearts, we allow it to smother today (and ultimately tomorrow). We need to remove the weeds worry has sown in our hearts and cast them aside. That way, we may strengthen today,
and leave the lazy people to say “tomorrow, tomorrow, but not today.”
About The Author
Caitlin is a student in her final year at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has a passion for people, writing, and Christ. Caitlin moved to the Black Forest with her German husband to love and teach people about Jesus. Hopefully, some of the German charm will rub off on her writing as well.