What Are You Waiting For?
J.R.R. Tolkien said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Shauna Niequist starts her book Cold Tangerines by saying “I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have… And through the waiting, here I am. My life is passing, day by day, and I am waiting for it to start… But this is what I’m finding, in the glimpses and flashes: this is it….I don’t want to wait anymore. I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day.”
“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really: Get busy living or get busy dying.” -Andy, Shawshank Redemption
Tim Tebow in Through My Eyes starts his preface this way, “We all know of people who thought they could do it (whatever “it” is) tomorrow… It happens time and again, putting off things that we convince ourselves might be better, more meaningful, more appropriate for another time.”
John Lennon said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Ann Voskamp says in One Thousand Gifts, “They say time is money, but that’s not true. Time is life. And if I want the fullest life, I need to find fullest time…In Christ, don’t we have everlasting existence? Don’t Christians have all the time in eternity, life everlasting? If Christians run out of time — wouldn’t we lose our very own existence? If anyone should have time, isn’t it the Christ-followers?”
The Thessalonicans were instructed to not be idle with their time. Many were forsaking work for the return of Christ. “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching received from us… We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3-6,11-13)
We should not allow circumstances to make us idle. Our identity in Christ is that we live a life of abundance in the here and now.
We seem to always be waiting… for the New Year, until we get married, until we get divorced, until we have kids, until the kids leave home, until we sell the house, until we buy a house, until we get a job, until we quit the job, until we complete the degree, until we lose weight, until we get sober, until we get up the nerve, until the house is clean, until we’re ready to forgive, until the weather warms up, until the weather cools down…
What are you putting off? Are you sitting idly as time passes by? What are you waiting for?