By Brian McKay / @LiveforJesus143
I should probably be working on my homework right now.
There’s a lot of stuff that I need to finish for school. The first draft of my screenplay. My thesis. My application to grad school. You know, the normal things.
But, I’m not working on them. It’s not that I won’t do them. It’s that I’ll do them later. I’ll do them when I have to do them. That’s one of the main problems with me. I procrastinate. A lot.
I know that I need to get my homework done. And, in almost all cases, I will do it. It might be an hour before class starts, but I will do it. There are just so many things besides homework that are way more fun. Listening to music (The Digital Age!). Playing video games (Madden!). Sleeping (my bed!).
However, waiting to do my school work doesn’t usually hurt me. I went to a high school that taught me how to procrastinate well. What does hurt me is waiting to pray. Waiting to read my Bible. Waiting to spend time with God.
Spending time with God is something that all Christians know that they need to do. Yet we sit there, usually watching television, and say, “I’ll do that tomorrow.”
Sometimes, we’ll pray or read the Bible for a few seconds. But then, we go back to watching TV ("Around the Horn" is my favorite) or whatever else we were doing.
To paraphrase my good friend Molly, we won’t read our Bible for months, and then we’ll realize that our lives are a bit messed up. We need to spend time with God. It’s not something we can just put off and do later. There’s a big difference between spending time with God and doing homework.
Sometimes, you can get away without doing homework. So long as you study the material later, you’ll be fine. But with God, it’s different. You can’t just rely on what you know about the Bible to sustain you. You have to actually read it. You can’t just assume that you know what God’s will is. You have to pray.
So, as I sit here not doing my homework, I realized a few things.
For one, class starts in half an hour, and I need to finish some homework.
But more importantly, I need to start spending some time with God. Like, pronto.
That’s just something you shouldn’t put off.
Brian McKay is the Humor Columnist of The Back Row. He is a Communication major at Penn State Erie. Brian hosts multiple radio shows and co-manages the college's radio station. He loves narwhals, pierogies, and football. You can contact Brian on Twitter at @liveforJesus143 or at btmckay.com.