Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today.” It sounds pretty simple, but it’s pretty profound. That simple line of advice is easily discarded and thrown to the side for another day. How many people say, “I’ll start eating healthy SomeDay?” Or, “I’ll start reading my Bible OneDay.” The world is full of people who have the best intentions. And best intentions usually remain just that, intentions. I have found that the things we plan to do down the road are planned for “down the road” so we can avoid the obvious. Which is, we really don’t plan on doing it at all.
For example, when someone says, “OneDay I will read the Bible from front to back,” what they’re really saying is, “Here’s something I’ll probably never do.” I may be extreme in this thinking. I am sure there are some people who have made that proclamation and then did it, but I bet there are more people who made the proclamation and then never attempted it. The same could be said for people who plan New Years resolutions every year. Why do they fail? Because if people really wanted to achieve something they wouldn’t wait until January 1st to begin. If it was really important they would begin as soon as the goal entered their head…Goals in the head have to be transferred to the heart or they will never be accomplished!
Go back and read Benjamin Franklin’s quote at the beginning of this blog. (Go ahead, I’ll wait)
Welcome back…Here’s your question now. Why not start executing your goals today? Why put it off any longer?
Throw out the SomeDay’s and OneDay’s, and start working ToDay.
Jesus talked about tomorrow’s and today’s…
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Yes, I know that this Scripture is talking about worry, and that Jesus is promising to provide for people each day so there’s no need to worry about tomorrow. But I also think this verse can point to the idea that Jesus wants us to take advantage of today.
I’ll close with this. When you put your big goals, hopes and dreams in the future, all you’ll do is wish away your present. And when that happens, you waste your days. You don’t want to ever be in a situation where you say, “I wish I had more time.” So what do you want to do with your life? What call or gift has God placed in your heart that is trying to break out?
Forget about SomeDay. Don’t hope it will happen OneDay. Pursue it ToDay!