- Melinda K. Bowens
When I was thinking about the title for this post, I immediately started singing the song from “Annie.” You know the one that goes, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow. You're always a day away.” Now, I’m a lover of all things musical (just ask my neighbors about my daily concerts from my kitchen), so pairing a song with anything is always a fun thing to do for me.
But while I was enthusiastically performing my rendition of a Broadway classic, I also thought about how often I actually say “tomorrow” for so many things. Like, I’ll start on that project tomorrow. I will clear my to-do list tomorrow. I will grade that slow growing mountain of papers on my desk tomorrow (can you tell it’s the end of the school semester). And even when it’s not tomorrow, maybe it’s after I take a nap. Or after I settle in for the night. Or after I feel like it (which is usually never, lol).
The long point I’m getting to here is that we sometimes (possibly often) put this buffer space between ourselves and our starting point. It’s almost as if we’re trying to create this perfect atmosphere for the beginning of our plan (that’s still in our heads since we haven’t acted on it yet). We want this not too windy, not too warm but not too chilly, sunny, medium cloud cover type of life circumstance before we act on what we know we should.
So, what’s so intriguing about waiting until “tomorrow” anyway? My best guess (or at least this is true for me) is that we think we’ll be more prepared, more ready, more equipped if we wait just a little while longer. Or maybe even a little deeper than that. Maybe we’ll feel a little more confident and less insecure if we hold out just one more day (that subsequently turns into one more month and then one more year). But we’re waiting on that perfect time.
Now, I wholeheartedly agree with not being outside of God’s timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1); because He has put everything in the right place at the right time. But I’m referring to those times where we know God has told us to move, speak and step out, but we just didn’t.
Now, there isn’t much room to be super poetic at this junction. Put in the simplest form, it’s time for us to move.
Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.
Proverbs 6:4, NLT
Just a note: I did not add that exclamation mark for dramatic effect, that’s actually the way it’s written (even though I do love some dramatic effect in a story).
So that verse sounds like a pretty urgent request to me! Now, in the effort to always try and use verses in context, this one specifically references the weight our words carry in commitment to other people. And also the importance of us following through with the promises of our words. But what about the weight our words carry with commitment to ourselves? Do we not care about following through with the promises we made in the mirror???
Of course we care! Or at least we should care! If we can’t keep the promises we’ve made to ourselves, how can we keep them with other people?!
So, as we move forward and make our “tomorrow” start today:
-Go reconnect with that old friend
-Go connect with that person who could be a new friend
-Apply for that job
-Write that book
-Start that blog
-INVEST IN YOURSELF
Chat with God
What do you most often put off until “tomorrow?”
Why do you specifically put off those areas?
What is your one sentence prayer in this situation?
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