This past Sunday I spoke about living life with urgency. My aim was not leave you with feelings of regret/remorse, but instead to inspire you to start doing what God wants you do right now – doing what you’ve dreamed of doing – and do it for the rest of your life. I shared a motivational quote that I’ve often referenced for myself: “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”
I think about that sometimes when I consider some of the things I wish I had done, or continued to do. I wish I had stuck with piano lessons years ago. (OK, mom. I admit it. You were right.) I’d love to be able to sit down and play favorite songs at Christmas with the family gathered all around singing. I sometimes imagine myself filling in on a Sunday AM for Sylvia or Joe (much to everyone’s amazement). But I can’t play a thing anymore.
I also wish I hadn’t quit running. Though running was not particularly fun for me (and rather hard on the knees), I loved the camaraderie of the people I ran with and I loved the way I felt afterwards – especially after a long run. I felt like I’d really accomplished something. And I liked the way I felt better in general. Now, I probably couldn't run to the mailbox without walking.
But here’s the difference between those two wishes. I don’t wish I could play the piano for family and friends (or at church) enough to actually do the work it takes to be able to do it. It’s just a wish, and one I’ll probably never do anything about. But running – now that’s a wish I intend to address. Running the loop the other day at Westgate reminded me of how much I miss it – and need it. I’m already doing something about that.
When I talked about figuring about what God wants you to do and start doing it – with urgency – I was talking about that second sort of wish. Not just wistfully longing for something you won't ever change or address, but a genuine assessment of your current situation, coupled with a plan of action to do something about it.
Remember the words of 1st Peter 4:10-11:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
What gift has God given you? What dream has He placed in your heart? What is He calling you to do, right now?
Don’t just wish you could or would. And don’t wait until you regret what you didn’t do. Start doing it, right now. And do it for His glory!
- Pastor Paul