Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”- James 4:13-15 ESV
I had every intention of writing and publishing this blog on yesterday, but the Lord had something else in mind. On yesterday, I received some very disturbing news. My childhood friend, college roommate, and fellow Army reservist that attended basic training with me on the "buddy plan" passed away. After hearing this news, the rest of the day consisted of reflecting on the times that we spent together.
I also spent time thinking of how I could have done a better job of reaching out to him and staying in touch with him. With all of that history that we had together, that's the least that I could have done. Unfortunately, whenever I thought about touching base with him, I always felt that I would do it "tomorrow." My brothers, aren't we all guilty of this mindset? Think about all the things we state that we will do "tomorrow" and that day never comes.
As I am so painfully aware, tomorrow may not ever come. This was reinforced on yesterday with the news that I received. Today, I would like for all of you that are reading this to began doing 3 things on a consistent basis. They are as follows:
1) Reach out and catch up with someone - This can be an old friend or family member that you haven't spoken to in some time or someone that you need to mend a relationship with. Reach out today to that person.
2) Become a resource for one that is experiencing difficulty in their life - There are people that are going through tough times and you are the one person can be a beacon of light in their life starting today. I know personally of someone reading this blog that's a prime example of this and provided a source of comfort and was a resource for our mutual friend that just passed (I and many others appreciate you for stepping in!)
3) Begin the pursuit of your passion or purpose - Start today with pursuing that project that aligns with your God given talent and abilities. Whatever your passion or purpose is (if you haven't identified it as of yet, you're in the right place!), begin the process needed to accomplish it.
Doing these things can assist you with focusing on today and enjoying the gift that it is. This represents a better alternative to worrying about tomorrow, which is not promised.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.