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FELLIX'S FOLLY!

Someone humorously noted you should never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.  Gloria Pitzer spoke about the human tendency to procrastinate in a short poem: "Procrastination is my sin, It brings men aught but sorrow. l know that l should stop it.  In fact, l will- tomorrow." Procrastination is no laughing matter.  Procrastination is the enemy of progress and accomplishment.  It leaves doable tasks undone, important words Unspoken, and damaged relationships unmended.  No farmer ever plowed a field by turning it over in his mind.  What many people need worse than anything on earth is a "round tuit."  "There are hundreds of things they would say, do, and be if they could just get "a-round-to-it!"

Procrastination is not only the enemy of progress.  It is also the enemy of the soul.  Preachers have warned us for ages that the devil doesn't care if we get right with God and obey the gospel of Christ- just so long as we do it tomorrow.  A classic case of spiritual procrastination is found in Acts 24.  Felix, a Roman governor, listened as the apostle Paul presented the gospel.  As Paul reasoned about righteousness. self-control, and the judgement to come, Acts 24:25b says, "Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.' " Secular history reveals that Felix was a selfish mm, evidently a lover of money (verse 26 indicates he was hoping Paul would bribe him with a gift of money in order to be released from prison).  He was also a sensual man, married to a beautiful young Jewish woman named Druscilla whom he had seduced away from her former husband.  Felix was doing what felt good to him at the moment.  Paul's sermon reminded him he would some day give account to God, and that thought temporarily frightened him.  But, he evidently reasoned, he had plenty of time, and when things were more convenient for him, he would get "a-round-to-it," call for Paul, and get right with God.  Felix's folly was that, so far as the Biblical record goes, he never found it convenient to obey God.

Emerson said, "One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour, The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2b- '...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Those who fail to obey God in the here and now will fail to be with Him in the hereafter.  When it comes to saving our souls, delay cm be deadly.  Get a-round-to-it and obey God today!

Dan Gulley
Smithville, TN