Some other day;
And harbors we hope to drift into
Some other day.
With folded hands and oars at trail,
We wait and watch for a favoring gale
To fill the folds of an idle sail,
Some other day.
Henry Drummond said: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
This wise man recognized not only the brevity of life, but also the necessity of promptness of action. There are definite reasons why we should not procrastinate.
A wholesome opportunity freshly revealed often sparks inspiration within us that may die if we defer action.
Too, there are propitious times to act or speak, the postponement of which may forever foil the opportunity.
The Bible talks about the importance of time: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance ...” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-7, NIV).
God in His mercies often gives us repeated good chances. For example, the Holy Spirit may prod us toward a more consistent prayer life, and if we do not respond, He may constantly remind us of our need.
Likewise, favorable times to do good, or to develop some solid plans for the future, or to show more genuine interest in our family may knock repeatedly. In this vein, Malone wrote:
“They do me wrong who say I come no more
“When once I knock and fail to find you in;
“For every day I stand outside your door,
“And bid you wake, and rise to fight and win.”
Until we act, merely thinking of the possibility of some accomplishment is of little value.
There is an adage that says, “The road to destruction is paved with good intentions,” which means that planning to do good without doing it is of no avail.
This is certainly true concerning one’s personal salvation. Paul said, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Not tomorrow, but now. Tomorrow may bring destruction unless we accept salvation through Christ today.
That prince of preachers, G. Campbell Morgan, said: “Let the year be given to God in its every moment. The year is made up of minutes.”
He continued, “Let those be watched as having been dedicated to God. It is in the sanctification of the small that hallowing of the large is secure.”
Whatever we intend to do, therefore, we should start today. If we mean to read the Bible, pray and help others, we must begin now.
This is the time to move for God. We must not defer, for, “Procrastination is the thief of time.”
What time is it?
Time to do well,
Time to live better
give up that grudge,
Answer that letter,
Speak the kind word to sweeten a sorrow,
Do that kind deed you would leave ’till tomorrow.
The Gospel of Jesus begins with the active verb “follow” and ends with the active verb “go.”