Why Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

I was going to post this tomorrow, but then I thought it better to do it today ;-). Actually, this quote was submitted by Carl M Keating last week, and I kept putting it off until tomorrow, and then tomorrow again until tomorrow became today. Oh, the irony! So, thank you Carl for submitting a quote, this is a good one, it’s finally posted!

The original quote comes from Thomas Jefferson and is clearly not from the Bible.

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson

Then there is the other side of this quote coin, which says:

“Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.” – Aaron Burr

Now, you probably knew that Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States. But did you know that his Vice President was Aaron Burr? I think the contrast between these two quotes speaks volumes of their relationship – note that Burr was Jefferson’s vice president for one term and that Jefferson dropped him from the presidential ticket for his re-election campaign in favor of George Clinton.

Aaron Burr is most famous for his duel with founding father Alexander Hamilton in which he shot and killed Hamilton in Weehawken NJ along the Hudson river. You can read more about that here. Also, I found a full list of presidents and vice presidents on About.com that you may find interesting.

And today’s post wouldn’t be complete without a Bible quote about procrastination versus hard work. And yes, it is a Bible double.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise.” – Proverbs 6:6 NKJV

More Thomas Jefferson Quotes.


Why Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today — 3 Comments

  1. the Proverbs verse is even funnier in the KJV, cuz it says “thou sluggard.” Years ago, when we first learned this verse, we used to use it in our offices whenever we wanted to tease each other for being late with something or lazy. Like we’d say today in jest, “you slacker!” I love this lighthearted post.

  2. Does the bible speak against the idea of waiting tomorrow to do something important? (Other then Salvation) Like if someone need help with food will you wait until tomorrow to do it, or do it today? you see what im asking?

  3. This is a great question. Yes, the Bible does say that TODAY is the day of salvation, and if TODAY you hear his voice, harden not your heart. And so the idea that we should not procrastinate the day of our salvation is totally Biblical. When it comes to other aspects of our lives, as far as I can tell, the Lord advises us to use wisdom – that we should not be lazy, but that we should be diligent. When it comes to helping others, in Colossians 4:5 it says, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” The point here is that time is valuable, shine your light to others while you have the time. In my opinion, the wisdom part means that we should do what we can, when we can, and not be lazy about it. At the same time, there are only 24 hours in a day, and so we must choose what we do with our time wisely.

    In short: if you have something truly more important to do today, and it can truly wait until tomorrow (not life threatening), then tomorrow is ok. Follow the Spirit in all things, and you will do well. This is only my opinion, I wonder what other people might think.

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