1.10.2012

The Work Habits of The Prophets (Part 1): The Battle with Poor Planning and Procrastination



by Willie Muhammad

Part 1

If we asked a group of, let's say ten people to name some people they would observe to learn about effective work habits, out of that ten how many of them do you think would mention any of the Prophets of God? Based upon the numerous articles, books and seminars on work habits, I have seen and conversations I have had about this subject, I think it would be fair to say that none of that ten would probably mention any of them, in my opinion.

An analysis of the lives of the Prophets would show there is a lot we can learn from the Prophets work habits that could help us with our own. Prophets have jobs and a boss as well. They have the Boss of all bosses, God Himself. So in this first entry we want to look at what I call the "Two Ps", poor planning and procrastination. How many of us battle with poor planning and procrastination?

These are two of the greatest threats to success and effective work habits. These two forces feed and breed one another. As I reflected on what Prophet we could study, Noah came to mind. After being given a task by God, he began to organize and plan on how he would accomplish what God asked him to do. He did not procrastinate, despite the fact that he was working in an environment that encouraged procrastination. It had not rained in - not days, weeks, months or a year or two. But decades! Plus while he was working the people were partying and enjoying their lives and also working to cast doubt in the mind of Noah. He remained on task and focused. As a result of not falling victim to the "Two Ps", he saved his life and the life of his family.

When we plan and defeat procrastination, we save our career, our business and increase our rate of success. Poor planning and failing to plan is against the very nature of the human being. Allah (God) in the Bible and Holy Qur’an says that He made us in His Image and Likeness. All throughout the Holy Qur’an, Allah is referred to as, "The Best of Planners." If He is and why aren't we, when we are from Him?

Lastly, as it relates to procrastination, the parable Jesus taught about the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13) also comes to mind. This parable is a great example to show how dangerous procrastination is and the benefits of proper planning. Don't procrastinate, go and read it yourself (smile) and learn the many lessons that parable offers.

God willing, in the next blog, we will look at the bad habit of passing the buck when it comes to us not doing something we were given the responsibility to do.

(Student Minister Willie Muhammad is the New Orleans representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam. Follow him on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/BroWM46)

3 comments:

  1. Matthew chapter 25 1-13 is about being prepared and having faith. That scripture talks about the hour in which the 'son of man' cometh. That scripture is about Christ. Christ whom is the Lord(Philippians 2:11). The son of Abraham and the son of David according to Matthew chapter 1. If you continue to read the rest of Matthew you will notice that Abraham, David, nor Joseph actually begat Christ. Christ was begat by the Holy Ghost whom is the Comforter whom is the Father John 14:26. Christ is the son of man because he was born of the 'Virgin' Mary. Mary is of mankind. God created the commandments yet Christ tells man to keep 'his' commandments. Every being has a mind, body, and soul that make one being. When God came to earth in the body of man as Jesus Christ he prayed to the Father as any humbled servant should.

    The Matthew 25 1-13 scriptures is an example of what will happen to those that aren't prepared for the coming of Christ, and those that don't have faith in Christ and haven't accepted him as their Lord and Savior. The wise virgins were prepared for their walk/journey to meet the bridegroom. The foolish virgins weren't prepared and didn't accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The bridegroom whom is Christ came like a thief in the night to save those that were prepared and held fast. When the foolish virgins asked the Lord to open the gates of Heaven Christ didn't open the gates because he said he didn't know the foolish virgins. Having Faith and accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the way to Heaven. If you don't accept Christ as your Lord and Savior he will not confess your name. People that have faith and have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior aren't procrastinating. We are walking with Christ as humbled servants. There's no procrastinating once one has accepted Christ. The scripture you provided has nothing to do with poor planning through procrastination for ones 'career'.

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  2. I'm not a Christian and this is why I'm not a Christian. God nor the people he used as vessels to spread his word never referred to those that have faith in Christ and have accepted him as their Lord and Savior as Christians. The term Christian is only written in the KJV Holy Bible three times. It's written in Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and First Peter 4:16. In Acts 11:26 it says 'they' assembled themselves with the Church which is the people that make up the body of Christ. 'They' are the Disciples. The scripture says that the Disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. That's the first time the people doing the works of Christ were referred to as Christians by the pagan people(not God) of The Roman Empire Antioch. In Acts 26:28 King Agrippa told Paul that he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. King Agrippa used the term Christian because the 'people' referred to those doing the works of Christ as Christians. Paul never agreed with King Agrippa in reference to being a Christian. First Peter 4:15 is a listing of different sins that defines the term Christian by saying if you 'suffer' as etc. Then First Peter 4:16 is a continuation of 4:15. First Peter 4:16 starts off by saying if you 'suffer' as a Christian don't be ashamed etc because no being other than God can hold all ten commandments. Pagan people called the Disciples Christians not God. Research Peter and Constantine. Catholicism comes from the Vatican. Pagan people created Catholicism to trick people into believing that the pagans were following Christ when they still were worshipping pagan Gods etc. God nor the people he used a vessels to spread his word etc never referred to the church which is the people that make up the body of Christ as Christians. I consider myself to be a humbled servant, a believer, one of faith, one that is walking with Christ, one of the Church, one that has accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, and a descendant of the Children of Judah(Joel Chapter 3).

    James 1:27 KJV talks about 'religion'. According to that scripture religion is in reference to those that haven't sinned. No being other than Christ can hold up to the James 1:27 scripture because he is God, and is the only being that can hold all ten commandments and not be tempted by the devil. The scripture allows us to know that we aren't pure religion. According to the scripture Christ is pure religion so one can say he/she is following religion because he/she follows Christ, but none of mankind is pure religion so it's safe to say that we aren't viewed as being religious. If any so called Christian claims to be religious then you are telling me that you are one that hasn't sinned(Christ).

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  3. "Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil." Matt. 25:3 (Message) The silly ones took no extra oil...Not a Biblical Scholar but it seems like they were not prepared to me. Often times procrastination causes people to not properly plan and prepare. Think you are really trying to just "rep your faith" rather than get the point that the author is trying to convey in the blog which is medicine for all regardless of faith. Let's grow up and stop trying to religious gang gang over stuff that could instead be used to unite us.

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