Life Won't Wait
by Peter Chan on February 15th, 2014

“I’ll fix the garage door, tomorrow.”
“I’ll go back to school, next year.”
“I’ll reconnect with that old friend, someday.”
“I’ll share my faith with that friend, when I’m ready.”
Life is a process, isn’t it? There’s always so much to do that we have to put some things off until later. We need to finish school and earn that degree. We need to get that promotion or find that better job. We need to meet that special someone sooner rather than later. Our lives are filled with so many tasks that we need date books, calendars, and smart phones to help us keep all of our appointments. Breaks and vacations are scheduled months in advanced just so we have something to work toward or look to. Our culture has taught us to work hard and play hard. And we do everything we can to do as much as we can.
When I look at my life, I see this thinking applied almost daily. I fill my schedule up and run around trying to hit all my goals. Finish this week’s music set, check. Good husband, check (I hope!). Good friend, check. Teach my 16-month old son something new, check. But is this really the way I ought to live? Don’t get me wrong. None of the things I strive to do or be are bad or improper. I should try to be a good worship leader. I certainly should be a good husband, father, and friend. I should strive for excellence. After all, if I am a product of my surroundings, and the people I’ve surrounded myself with are all go-getters and do-gooders who chase their dreams, it’s only natural that this is how I would be too. But are there other things I’m putting off? Are there things we’ll get around to once we’re done with our current degree/project/relationship drama?

“I’ll read my Bible every day and spend more time in prayer.”
“I’ll serve more in the church.”
“I’ll dedicate my life to seek and do God’s will.”

If we look at Scripture, we’ll see that we’re warned about the purpose and intentions behind what we do. In the biggest of pictures, life is like the blink of an eye compared to eternity.

Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Switchfoot, formed back in 1996 in San Diego, California, is one of those bands that had 3 full length albums before they hit the big time. If you have a chance to pick up and listen to The Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human, and Learning to Breathe, I’d highly recommend it. When they signed with Columbia Records and hit the mainstream, they released The Beautiful Letdown in 2003. The song “This is Your Life” comes to us from that album (listen here). What I love about this song is that it asks a very simple question. “Don’t close your eyes. This is your life. Are you who you want to be?”

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