Someday Is Today

Today is yesterday’s “someday.”  Sometime in the past we hoped or pledged that in the future we would make needed changes in our lives.  

“Maybe as I get older I will grow out of this weakness.” 

“Maybe over time I will gain more wisdom.”                      

“Maybe I will eventually enjoy a clear conscience.”

I have thought this way about some things only to realize now, in my 60s, that the “someday” that seemed so full of promise and is here and I still haven’t made much progress.

Perhaps I hoped “time would take care of it,” that things would eventually “just happen” and – presto! – I would reach my ideal.  The flaw is that I never set my mind to change.  A companion truth is that we don’t just accidentally improve; improvement in any discipline, especially spiritual, is the result of the will and effort coupled with the power of God working on our behalf.

Are you disappointed in yourself?  I suspect we all are in some area or another.  We are, as we say, “works in progress.”  But the key word is progress.  Even the great apostle Paul said, “I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).

Another new year is upon us.  Suggestion:  identify one thing that has held you back or you’ve wanted to improve for a long time.  Bring it to God and admit your failure to deal with it.  Ask God for help.  Draw a line in the sand.  Make up your mind.  Today is yesterday’s “someday.”