As Good a Time as Now

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Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV) – Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

“I have to get right before I can start going to church,” he says.

“I have to study a bit longer before I’m ready to test,” she says.

When we wait for the times to be perfect, we are inactive. God often presents opportunities when He feels we are ready to handle the challenge. We have to step off the bleachers of waiting, into the arena of action, through our faith in Him.

As a writer, I’m often confronted with this obstacle:

“Just a few more lines and it will be ready, after a few minor edits. Then, it will really be ready…after a few more descriptive words.”

We make up excuses for not trusting in the Lord and putting ourselves into action for Him. We wait for perfection while ignoring the fact that we live in an imperfect world. We have to give God what we have right now, and trust His judgment.

Time is never on our side. It waits for no man. While it affects God in no way, the same does not hold true for us. Every wasted moment, is an opportunity (to serve our Lord) gone. In a word: fear. Fear holds us captive; makes us wait for the perfect time to act. God says that time is now:  time to write that song; time to enroll in that class; time to act. There will never be as good a time as now.

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