“Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” I am not sure who asked that question first, but it has been repeated with tremendous frequency. Those disciplined and diligent to tackle life’s demands with enthusiasm and determination are an inspiration. Well, at least they are inspiring to those who aspire to be diligent in the discharge of duties. Some people are so proficient that it seems supernatural for them to accomplish all that they do.
Communities are also well populated with those who are totally content to do nothing. They are eager to ride on someone else’s provisions. When their needs are not met, they complain. When their wants are prevalent, they complain. When their current situation is not suitable, they complain.
How very grateful I am to live in a community where EMT’s, First Responders from every profession, law officers, Disaster Relief volunteers, masses of volunteers that help children in need or the elderly or the infirm faithfully and so very well! Those fields (and a host of others equally as dedicated) are on-call for long periods of time and when the need arises, they do not say, “I will check on that sometime later”.
Scripture warns us against being guilty of laziness and procrastination.
Proverbs 13:4 – The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Ephesians 5:15-17 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagon-load of corn in the road. The farmer who lived nearby came to investigate. “Hey, Willis,” he called out, “forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up.”
“That’s mighty nice of you,” Willis answered, “but I don’t think Pa would like me to.”
“Aw, come on, son!” the farmer insisted.
“Well, okay,” the boy finally agreed. “But Pa won’t like it.”
After a hearty dinner, Willis thanked his host. “I feel a lot better now, but I just know Pa is going to be real upset.”
“Don’t be foolish!” exclaimed the neighbor. “By the way, where is he?”
“Under the wagon.” (Copied).
Lord, please help us to be sensitive to the opportunities to be your hands and feet to folks we meet! You appointed us to be to love our neighbors as ourselves. We want to, so please help us to be found faithful in the eagerness and swiftness to respond to needs that we can meet.