written November 28, 2011
Last Monday, at our basketball team dinner, Kent Miyamoto shared about the heart attack he experienced last November during a Men’s Basketball League game. It reminded me of the reflection I wrote when the Lord awakened me at 2:41 a.m. the next day. Here’s the reflection.
Have you ever said, “I’ll do it tomorrow”? Leaving something to get done at a time other than today…
- “I really need to clean the kitchen… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to change the oil in the car… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to finish the report… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to eat less and exercise more… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to change the way I treat my co-workers… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to read my Bible… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to spend more time with the children… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to say that I’m sorry to my spouse… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to go see a counselor and get some healing… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
- “I really need to get right with God… I’ll do it tomorrow”.
Good old tomorrow… a friend to rescue us from today… a respite from responsibility… a postponement from pressure… a deferment from decisions… an adjournment from anxiety.
There is an old adage attributed to Thomas Jefferson that says, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But what did the author of the Declaration of Independence know of our today in the 21st Century. We can engage our unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”… tomorrow.
But what of tomorrow? We have all had our yesterdays. Every breath we take gives us an ever expanding today. But no one is promised tomorrow. Therein lays the caveat… the limitation of tomorrow.
Tomorrow is an expectation yet to be fulfilled… a hope for a future… an opportunity to do what we didn’t accomplish in a lifetime of yesterdays or what we will fail to do today.
The Bible says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:13-14)
It is difficult to be called a vapor. It’s so temporary… so transitory. Human pride won’t allow for that kind of thinking. It is too fatalistic… too pessimistic … too unrealistic… too true.
No one is promised a tomorrow, but everyone is guaranteed a forever. We may not see tomorrow, but we will see a forever… a forever with God or a forever without Him.
Everyone desires to live tomorrow better than today. The wisest way to do it is to take advantage of a finite today to ensure a forever tomorrow. The Bible says, “Behold, now is ‘The acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘The day of salvation’” (2Corinthians 6:2c). Don’t put off until tomorrow what should be done today.
An eternal relationship with God can come in the moment of today. A confession of faith only requires a heart that is willing now, not tomorrow.
Don’t let the “I’ll do it tomorrow” get in the way of doing it today. Some things are just meant to be done today rather than on a day that may never come.
Something to think about…