Michael Hyatt asked the question, “When is the best time to plant a tree?”
Well, if you wanted the tree to have been grown by now then 20 years ago would have been the best time. But, if you didn’t plant it then TODAY is the day.
If you’re like me there are tons of ideas bouncing around in your head, tons of vision soaring through your heart, and tons of dreams spouting from your lips. However, unless these things become actionable they remain ideas, vision, or dreams.
A young man once wrote all his ideas in a journal. Day after day he would fill the pages with things that could be. One day he shared the journal with a friend. His friend was awe stuck by the greatness of these ideas and the possibility of goodness they could bring to others. He immediately asked his friend, “When are you going to start pursuing these great ideas.” He quickly replied, “Someday.”
40 years passed and the man passed away, leaving his journal to his friend. At his funeral the friend put the potential filled journal in the casket with tears in his eyes and whispered, “To someday.”
One of the saddest things in the world is to wait for the “someday.” Cemeteries are filled with “somedays.”
There is no better time than the present. In those relationships where you have been hurt and your waiting for the right time to fix them, there is no better time than the present. In the vision you have for your future work, there is no better time to get started than the present. In the dreams that God has placed in your heart to pursue and you are just “praying” about them, there is no better time than the present.
Moses cried out, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” He realized that God had given him and the people of Israel a certain number of days on earth to glorify him, to enjoy life, and to impact the world. However, he also realized that without wisdom he would constantly be waiting for the “someday” to move.
Moses knew without wisdom they would wander and wander and wander, never possessing what God has planned for them to have. He didn’t want to live with the promised land in the “someday,” he longed for it to be a present reality.
Wisdom teaches how to move and when to move; it teaches us how to live strategically, intentionally, and purposefully. Wisdom reminds us that the someday may very well result in the never and we have to refuse to let that happen.
Plant the seed today. Ask the Lord to help you number your days; each one holds far more furtile soil than you think. There is no time like the present.
What are those things you have placed on the shelf of “someday?” I encourag you to pull one off today and begin to live it out. Today is the day that you have been waiting for, seize it for all it’s worth.