But before dawn the next morning, Saul arrived, having divided his army into three detachments. He launched a surprise attack against the Ammonites and slaughtered them the whole morning. The remnant of their army was so badly scattered that no two of them were left together.
1 Samuel 11:11 NLT
Procrastination is not generally a good idea. Too often it means that what needs to get done never gets done. I have managed to get into a few tight spots because I failed to address a problem when I should have done, and put it off till “tomorrow”. The old adage is that tomorrow never comes. It’s true.
Sometimes, though, we need to put some things off till tomorrow, and fear is at the top of the list for this. I look back at all the things that frightened me as a kid, and none of them frighten me now, partly because I’m bigger and older and stronger, but mostly because fear is a thing of the future and when the future comes, it is often not as bad as it seemed in the past! How many times have I been afraid of something happening and it never happened? This morning I was afraid of going for a minor operation, but when it happened it was totally painless.
So, the lesson is that I should procrastinate fear itself, because when the day that I am afraid of comes it might not be anywhere near as bad as I think it is going to be. Even if it is, I’ll go through it on that day, and not before!