The consequences of deferring the things “hoped” for causes depression, or it makes the heart sick, as scripture reads. This can only happen when you don’t put the vision in front of you and put it off. When you write the vision and read it, your spirit will be quickened by it and you will want to run with it (act on it). This occurs because the desire to see it through is awakened every time you revisit the vision. Desire means “from the Father” in the Hebrew language. God gives the desires, or passion, of our heart. His desires give us inspiration, which literally means God breathed. God’s breath gave Adam and Eve life. Likewise, it gives us life too. Hence, inspiration is vital.
Breath (inspiration) gives us the stamina to run with the vision like a marathon runner. You can’t run a marathon without good breathing, thus you can’t chase a life’s vision without lasting inspiration. When God’s holy desire or inspiration come upon you from reading the vision daily, it becomes a righteous tree of life. Righteous trees won’t wither, because its planted by (connected to) rivers of living water (Jesus) and its leaves will bring healing to the nations (you and everyone your vision impacts).
Additionly, when you procrastinate, it operates as a thief and it will steal the inspiration needed to move ahead. Daily prayer and interaction with your vision is essential to the wholeness of your life. That’s why we must pick up our cross daily and pursue that vision that God burdened our hearts with. That demonstration of daily “now faith” will keep us on the path of abundant life that Jesus talked about in John 10:10. Procrastination keeps us out of the moment, or “the now”. When we neglect the daily pursuit of following the vision, not only do we keep ourselves in the wilderness, but we give procrastination the permission to be a thief. That thief will steal your joy and make your heart sick. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength!