You probably don’t think about it much because life goes by so fast and you are always behind as far as your list is concerned. Can this thought be put off until tomorrow? Should it be put off until tomorrow? Most of us will agree that many things can be put off until tomorrow, but we rarely consider if it should be addressed right now, today. What difference can it possibly make? For some projects it doesn’t make any difference, but there are others that shouldn’t be put off and unfortunately we have muddied up the water so that we often can’t tell the difference. Is there something we can do to correct this situation, to restore a safe balance to the life our Creator intended?
One of the reasons we make lists is so that we don’t have to worry about forgetting something that we need to do or that we think is important. After all Matthew told us – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (6:14). While it is true that we don’t like to spend our time worrying it is often simply easier to write things down than try to remember them. The things that are not precisely scheduled such as going to visit a sick friend or talking to someone about a problem that they need an answer to are the things we can so easily put on the back burner and often do.
Now that you mention it my sick neighbor could probably use some good food or even a friend to talk to. Also, there is a new neighbor just down the street who might be looking for a church home or simply needs some information about grocery stores or local doctors. Surely we can find time just to check and see if there is anything we can offer. Isn’t that what neighbors are for?
God made us to live in community, but life has become so complicated that we often forget or choose to ignore our responsibilities to our Creator. We have become great at putting off until tomorrow. James reminds us that life is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away (4:14). We probably know that there are many things we will never get done because of a lack of time, but there truly are those things that we shouldn’t put off or ignore.
I know that most of us have good intentions but I guess I do wonder why we manage to continue ignoring them. I don’t believe that is what God’s desire was when He created us. Maybe I should post some reminders around the house. You and I both know that those will be equally easy to ignore. It’s not our sight that needs improving it is our hearts. Here again the Psalmist has our answer – teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom (90:12).
When the Father first created us He intended that we should learn as we grew. You know as well as I that there is only so much information that we can absorb and retain at one sitting, but the things that the Lord suggests and commands are the things that we should be the most interested in making a constant part of our lives. We were given a heart as well as a mind that we might accomplish the very things that God allowed His Son to die for. Paul tells us that we should no longer be children….but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him….causing growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15-16). Growth of the spirit has always been the desire of our Creator.
Finish then Thy new creation; pure and spotless let us be:
Let us see Thy great salvation perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.