How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12
I just dropped off my daughter for her first day of HIGH SCHOOL. Yikes. Bear with me as I try to wrap my mind around this unfathomable reality. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I took a picture of her in kindergarten with a book bag twice her size. In a blink of an eye, she's a beautiful young lady who will be driving in no time (DOUBLE YIKES).
As much as I've tried, I can't make the days slow down. There's no pause button in this game of life. Time is incapable of standing still. It moves on despite our protests and pushback. Years come and go. And before you know it, you'll come across a Facebook post reminding you that the original Jurassic Park came out 25 years ago and you'll have to admit you're officially old.
Our time on this spinning globe is in short supply, yet many of us (myself included) spend our days as if we are going to live forever. When it comes to living out our priorities, acting upon our hopes or taking steps of faith, we put it off, reasoning we will get to it eventually.
And because we have the best of intentions, we fool ourselves into believing that we are actually taking action towards our transformation, even if it is going to be delayed. But, plans only become plans when they are acted upon. Without movement, they remain just words on paper. Contrary to what some might tell us, "someday" didn't make the cut on our calendars.
In a blink of an eye, years will pass and the future, for better or worse, will be our present. The ramifications of what we ignored back in the day will pile up. Crucial conversations that didn't take place amp up the pressure of any future dialogue. Allowing unforgiveness to continue makes the task of chipping away at our calloused hearts later even more daunting. Turning a blind eye to destructive habits enables these challenges to gain a better grip on our hearts. What we sowed back then we will be reaping now.
The same holds true to being intentional about living out our priorities and values right now.
The investments we make today will lead to a windfall later. Spiritual disciplines that might feel awkward now will one day seem natural. Practicing small steps of service paves the way to a generous heart. Being present with your kids when they’re younger will build their trust in you when they're adults. Taking small steps of faith now builds our confidence to display courage when we face unforeseen circumstances later on. The seeds we sow in the immediate blossom into fruit down the road.
Tomorrow is never promised. Today is all we have. Cherish it and act upon it.
- Where are you confusing intentions with actions?
- How can you live out your priorities and act upon your faith today?
God, I often allow procrastination and inactivity to stunt my faith and halt it in its tracks. I know there are values and priorities You've placed upon my heart. May I not delay in living these things out. Open my eyes to where I need to respond to Your promptings. Let me not put it off, but act with courage now. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.