Someday… what a simple word to utter with painful consequences. Someday I will get to buy a house away from the city. Someday I will retire and travel with my husband. Someday, my children will understand why I had to work so many hours.
The truth is someday may never come.
Max Lucado once wrote, “Someday… the enemy of risky love is a snake whose tongue has mastered the talk of deception.”
My dear friends, I used to live a life in which ‘someday’ became my best friend. So I used to put things off, thinking someday it would get done.
The day my father died, my school was holding a parent-teacher conference that lasted until 8:00 PM. Although I was physically present for my students and parents, my heart was with my father. I kept telling myself that I would see him after work tomorrow. I had no idea those would be his final hours with us, and I would never see him again.
Later that evening, my Daddy went home to be with the Lord. I wish I could tell you that I handled it as a God-fearing person. I didn’t. For years, I was racked by guilt and pain. I ran from God and everyone and caused a great deal of suffering for my husband and children. I thought ‘someday’ my heart would heal, and I would be able to make things better.
But ‘someday’ never came, my husband died, and he was able to forgive me for all the suffering I had caused him, even though our marital relationship was irreparably damaged. It took several years, but I was able to repair the harm that I had caused my children.
It was then that I learned this painful lesson, “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.”
Friends, let me encourage you to do what you can today and not postpone it till tomorrow.
Enjoy every moment and spend time with your family. Mend broken relationships; be there for your family and friends, and spend time with your Heavenly Father.
Live the life that Jesus came to give you. “Seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret and produces a broken heart.” (Max Lucado)
Let us live as though Jesus died today and will return tomorrow. Let us run our race with confidence that the Lord will one day greet us and say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:21 NLT
Someday, I will see my Daddy again.
Father, thank you for your love and faithfulness. Lord, help me keep my eyes on you and run my race, knowing that one day I will see you face to face, and you will embrace me and welcome me home. In Jesus’ name, amen!