How many times in your life have you heard that expression? I think many of us have just labeled this expression as a temporary “put off” so that we can refocus and forget and strangely we often do just exactly that. We may sometimes remind ourselves that there is something that was important, but has it lost its value as it did not get accomplished?
Many of us have found our lives changed by a particular experience and yet there are still many who have not been exposed to something that would cause them to pause and remind themselves that there is still much for us to learn. So, if we do admit it, how do we put everything together into one piece that is simple enough to relate to? We can go to the library and pull books off the shelf hoping that one of them will give us the answer, but after we think about it a few minutes they usually end back up on the shelf and forgotten.
In today’s world there have been so many developments that there is very little time to simply sit down and think. Is there a solution to this problem and is it really important? I also wonder if you have to get old before you realize that you simply can’t put everything off until tomorrow. Have we let the mediocrity of this life cause us to forget that we still have a present under a friend’s tree? Aren’t you at least a little bit curious?
All of us have a longing to know what tomorrow will bring. Maybe God put that in us for a good reason. Maybe there is a time limit after which the gift cannot be returned. You know, now that I think about it, life itself is probably the greatest gift we have ever or will ever receive. Did it come with an obligation or an expiration date? And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15-16). I can’t remember when I last witnessed a baptism. They used to happen frequently. Have we decided it is unnecessary or do we just not want to be set apart as an example?
In the world in which we live we often find that there is an expiration date on many of the items that we choose to purchase. Just how important is that date and what happens if we let it get past us? If you were to take a moment and do some serious thinking you might realize that our very lives fall into the category of things which have an expiration date. Do you ever take the time to think about what you want to do and what you should do before your date runs out? I believe most of us never think about it, at least not until something comes along that stops us in our tracks. Should we change that, can we change that?
I believe that we were created in the first place with a specific job to accomplish. I imagine that some will never see their purpose, but some will paste a big smile on their faces and rejoice when they hear the Lord say – Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord (Matthew 25:21).
The awards aren’t what’s most important though; it’s what you can accomplish in your span of allowed time. James tells us that life is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (4:14 & 17).
An unknown author once said - Freedom is not the right to do as you please; it is the liberty to do as you ought. Hmm!