Perhaps you heard about the dieter who rationalized it would be OK to eat broken cookies because all the calories would have leaked out.
It’s easy to rationalize what we really want to do. And that’s one reason so many people procrastinate on doing God’s will. Procrastination and rationalization go hand in hand. The procrastinator knows what he’s supposed to be doing, he just rationalizes or creates reasons why he can’t do whatever it is he’s supposed to do.
Rationalization is when I tell myself a little lie in order to justify my behavior. It is when I ignore the consequences of my actions so I can continue doing the thing God has told me not to do. Procrastination and rationalization are great thieves of our time. If we’re to be effective Christians, we must learn how to act immediately on the truth God reveals to us.
Is there some behavior you’re rationalizing away right now? Confront it today and redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.