Is that truly the case? How often do I think, "I can do it later." "Another time." "In a moment." I make all these statements with the erroneous belief that time is on my side. I lived with that great misbelief all these years: I HAVE TIME.
Thirteen-years-ago, this past February 23rd, I remember thinking of my brother, Stephen. That day, I thought I should call him, see how he was doing in the Air Force, tell him I love him and was thinking about him. It was a flitting thought over my mind, (one given, I believe, by the Holy Spirit), kind of like a butterfly flits lightly from flower to flower. I easily waved and swatted it aside, thinking "I really want to call him, but I am so busy, I will call him tomorrow."
Tomorrow never came for Stephen. And I no longer had the opportunity to tell my brother one last time how important he was, how much I loved him and cared about him. In the early morning of February 24th, he was found dead by his roommates. He had hung himself.
Oh, how I grieved for years that I had lived in the tomorrow with my brother and had not called him in that moment.
How often have you lived for the tomorrow instead of the now? Thinking, "I will do it tomorrow, show I love them tomorrow, check in on my absent friend tomorrow, start living my destiny tomorrow, ask forgiveness tomorrow, make things right and restore relationship...tomorrow."
I encourage you to not live in the tomorrows, but in the NOW. Now may be the only moment you have, and it is certainly always the best, most important moment you have. Living in the NOW is a valuable life and character practice.
So let's say you begin living in the now for others, not wasting an opportunity or moment with them. What about you? Are you living in the now with your God-given purpose and eternal destiny? I urge you, don't put off to tomorrow what God is calling you to do today. Don't play roulette with your future.
RISE UP! Shake off the failures of the past that are holding you back and leave them at the cross. Thankfully, God's mercies are new and abundant for us every morning. Run this race of life to win for Christ! Run as if every moment could be your last, because it could! Run as if time matters, because it does! Matthew 24:36 speaks of the second coming of Jesus Christ "But as for that day and hour no one knows it - not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Live in the NOW.