Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Here is my devotion I read today...
I didn’t want to do or think about what needed to be done today, so I put it off until tomorrow. Then tomorrow got pushed back until the next tomorrow. When I finally did what I’d put off, I was stressed out, rushed, in a bad mood or convinced I didn’t need to do my task at all. Here are a few of my I’ll do it tomorrow’s:
I’ll start my diet…tomorrow.
I’ll read my Bible and pray…tomorrow.
I’ll clean my house…tomorrow.
I’ll call my friend…tomorrow.
I’ll have lunch with my son…tomorrow.
I’ll take brownies to my neighbor…tomorrow.
I’ll spend quality time with my husband…tomorrow.
God gave us 24 hours in each day. How I use them is up to me. I may not be able to complete every task assigned to me in a single day. But to continue to put off important things that need doing is not being a good steward of the time and tasks God has given me.
There was a season of my life I was so bad about putting goals and tasks off until another day that I got behind in everything. I wanted things to change, but my choices didn’t reflect that. Sleeping took precedence over getting up for quiet time. Burgers and fries filled my plate instead of healthy soup and salad. Magazines occupied my hands instead of laundry. Television was preferable to exercise. And time with friends was chosen over time with my husband.
Day after day, I had good intentions to make changes.
Day after day, I put them off until tomorrow.
Eventually, I felt like a failure.
It took a simple sentence from my then three-year-old daughter to move me from apathy to action. A few years ago we planned a family trip to Walt Disney World. I made the mistake of telling Haley Grace months in advance. Each day she’d ask, “Are we going to Disney World today?”
Repeatedly, I’d answer, “Not today. We aren’t going for three more months… five more weeks… eight more days…” The night before we left, I announced the news she’d been waiting for. “Hayley Grace, we are going to Disney World tomorrow!”
The next morning she woke early and ran into my room before I was out of bed. “Mommy, Mommy, is today tomorrow?” I was thrilled to reply, “Yes! Today is tomorrow!”
Things clicked for me and I decided then that I was going to start making today my tomorrow.
Instead of wasting precious time, I started spending it in prayer, asking God to show me what tasks He’d like me to complete that day. I prayed for strength and perseverance to accomplish what He’d given me. And I brought a few friends along with me to be encouraged and to be an encouragement to them in finishing their goals.
I put into action today what I’d been putting off till tomorrow.