Life is so long, or is it?
It takes ages to get to middle age. Now that I am there (50), suddenly 70 seems middle age. Remember when you were a child and summers seemed so short but the school year DRAGGED on endlessly.
Even though I want to live to be 93, I am already more than half way there. Life takes on a new meaning at this age; yet, I still put off til tomorrow, next week, next year things to do and goals to accomplish.
I have wanted to write, a four set of devotional books, for the last 4 years. The furthest I got was reading some other devotionals to get an idea of how I would like to approach my books. It wasn’t until last November (this is February), when I was challenged by my writing coach, that I put together an outline and actually began to write the devotions. I almost have 1 book done now! It has only taken me 3 months of effort– out of 4 years of procrastination.
Why? Why do we put things off? How much time do we think we actually have?
Psalm 90:12 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
12 Teach us how short our lives really are
so that we may be wise.
It is a wake up call to hit 50, and now, I will soon be 51. I look back, and though I was busy, I wasted a lot of time to put effort into the talents that God has given me. Part of that is procrastination of thinking “I can get started tomorrow”. We live on Tomorrow Isle: Tomorrow I’ll do this. Tomorrow I’ll do that.
The Bible has many things to say about this:
Ephesians 5:15-16 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
15 So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise. Live wisely. 16 I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times.
John 9:4 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
4 While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One who sent me. The night is coming. And no one can work at night.
Proverbs 6:6-8 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
6 Go watch the ants, you lazy person.
Watch what they do and be wise.
7 Ants have no commander.
They have no leader or ruler.
8 But they store up food in the summer.
They gather their supplies at harvest.
Proverbs 13:4 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
4 The lazy person will not get what he wants.
But a hard worker gets everything he wants.
We are each born with gifts that are meant to be used. Not just once or twice in our lifetimes, but on a daily basis. When we put off using our gifts, we may deny others what they may need most. God places us in situations where it is perfect for us to be obedient and faithful. We do not know who or how many people will be helped by what we offer. That is not for us to know.
Will many people be comforted by my devotional- perhaps. Or, perhaps just one person is the intended audience. But they cannot read it if I don’t write it.
What have you been putting off? Are you using your gifts on a daily basis? It is not arrogant to believe you are going to be used by God. It is a fact. But it requires faithfulness and action.
Ephesians 2:10 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good works. God had planned in advance those good works for us. He had planned for us to live our lives doing them.
Take some time to reflect:
Are you being faithful?
Do you need to learn what your gifts might be?
What has been your excuse this far?
Until Next Time~