Tuesday, June 28, 2016

As Long as it is Called 'Today'

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But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13)
I've always been plagued by procrastination. I don't know if it's my rampant indecisiveness or a poor concept of time, but I tend to put tasks off far too often. Even fun things escape my daily grasp, and here's an example.
I look at development through the lens of a skateboarder, and so my eyes are always open to new skate spots. Some areas are better than others, but in Los Angeles, there are too many to count. Nonetheless, whenever I saw something that looked skateable, I took notice. Most of the time I would be driving by in a hurry or passing through with the family, and so I couldn't just grab my board and start skating right away. And so I would take a picture on my phone, write it down or even add it to my GoogleMap documenting many of the skate spots/parks in town.


Unfortunately, that's usually as far as it went (these are a couple spots that were at the top of my list).
As the time came to exit Los Angeles, I felt the need to hit these spots, and so I tried to make time for it, knowing there were some I'd likely never have a chance to skate again. But as time goes by and needs pop up (particularly in preparing to move), life gets busy and before you know it, it's too late -- you've missed your chance. There are many spots I passed by a hundred times that were never touched by my four wheels. And so, as I imagine all the ledges, stairs and gaps I hoped to hit, all I can do is wish some other better prepared skater will have the chance to potentially do what I never did. (If that's you, check out that GoogleMap and send me some footage!)
Of course this same concept applies to everything in life: do what you have set out to do today. If you wait too long...the art, the music, the renovations, the dates, the job, the playgrounds, the car, the girl, the vacation and whatever else you have on your list will slip through your fingers, and these dreams, goals and tasks will remain nothing but a little scribble on a list called "Someday."
For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

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