In a few days, it will be exactly a year since my school friend of 38 years lost her battle against cancer and passed away. Her name was Jean and she was one of the boldest and strongest women I knew, the life of the party. As the day drew near, one of the last things she said, which still rings in my ears, was, “I thought I’d have more time.”
She thought she would have more time to do the things she planned to do. A few hours after she died, as I collected her slippers, bottles of vitamins and other belongings I came across the ‘My Goals and Dreams’ journal I had given her two months previously on her 49th birthday. Among other things, she had listed lunch at The Shard and a trip to Disneyland.
You don’t have all the time in the world
I don’t mean to sound sombre but I want to ask you a question. When you think about your life goals, such as plans for your business, or to travel or whatever, do you imagine it in some distant or mystical future? Do you imagine yourself just instantly appearing ‘there’ in this place? I mean – do you see the steps, the processes in between or do you just see yourself suddenly there?
I want to till your heart, to turn over its rich, dark, fertile soil, and to plant inside this reminder: take a step today because tomorrow isn’t promised.
You don’t have all the time in the world. It’s not all yours. You only have the time God has given you. You must use this time wisely to express all you have inside. Use it to fulfil the dreams you have inside – after all, that’s what it’s for. Use it for what it’s for.
Of course, we know all of this, don’t we?
“Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today,” said Jefferson, Dickens, Twain and others.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait but it will only be what has been left behind by those who hustle.” We get his point.
Take the step to ‘there’
Ecclesiastes 11: 4 tells us that “He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.”
The two problems identified here are:
- We over-observe – we spend too much time watching and looking at the unimportant. Is it the right time? Am I ready? Can I do it?
- We over-regard – we pay too much attention to what other people might think or how they might feel about us or what we want to do.
You will never do it if you just keep looking at and thinking about it. You will never get to your ‘there’ if you don’t take daily steps toward getting ‘there’.
I began this talking about my friend, Jean, but this isn’t really about Jean. God is resting her soul. It’s about you and me, about our time. Jean lived her time and who knows, perhaps she achieved everything she was meant to. Only God knows.
What I do know is that I want to do my best to ensure that whoever reads my ‘goals and dreams’ book sees that everything I wrote in it has been ticked off. At this point we might say God-willing, but I know God is willing. I know God wants me to fulfill all He placed within me.
I know that you and I are still here. Since we are let us run towards our vision and dreams with all our might, determination and energy. Let us take a step to ‘there’, today.