My friend, may I ask you a question? Is doing things now and not putting them off, a much better strategy for dealing with things that need fixing? Especially when peoples’ souls are dying and we hold the key to preventing that? Is this a much better strategy for dealing with things that need fixing?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Procrastination! Without a doubt it has been one of my most important tools both as a youth and an adult. Not that I am lazy. I’ve always found that there is a proper time and place for most things and I want to be sure that I hit that time correctly. For example, since the old Corvair classic car I once owned leaked oil on a pretty regular basis, I had to put new oil into the engine regularly. To take the time to change the oil would be wasted time; as long as the oil was regularly changed on its own account.
As well as this might work with a leaky engine; it does not work with most things. Take witnessing our faith, for example. If others are doing it, should we really take the time as well?
Here’s a story: A Christian baroness, living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya, told of a young national who was employed as her houseboy. After three months he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference to a friendly sheik some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave just when he had learned the routine of the house- hold, offered to increase his pay. The lad replied that he was not leaving for higher pay. Rather, he had decided he would become either a Christian or a Moslem. This was why he had come to work for the baroness for three months. He had wished to see how Christians acted. Now he wanted to work for three months for the sheik to observe the ways of the Moslems. Then he would decide which way of life he would follow. The baroness was stunned as she recalled her many blemishes in her dealings with the houseboy. She could only exclaim, “Why didn’t you tell me at the beginning!” (Leslie B. Flynn, Dare to Care Like Jesus.)
Doing things now and not putting them off, is a much better strategy for dealing with things that need fixing. Especially when peoples’ souls are dying and we hold the key to preventing that. True, someone else may come along and do the work, but of that there is no guarantee. When it comes to witnessing our faith in Christ, just adding a bit of oil is no substitute for fixing the leaks in the first place. With eternal life at stake, there IS no time like the present.
We pray. Father, we know that You desire that no one would perish and that all would come to know everlasting life through Jesus! We ask You in agreement through this prayer to help the person I am praying for see those they cross paths with every day as You do. Show them those who needed to have the seed of the Gospel sown. Show them those who need the seed already sown to be watered.
You paid the price for all of mankind. Trust them with this amazing opportunity to follow Jesus instructions to share the Good News. In those moments give them the words to say and the actions to take through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Strengthen them with boldness to be the powerful witness You know that they can be in Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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