What a day! It’s been very fruitful as I’ve determined to complete unfinished projects that have been calling my name and waiting for my attention day after day, month after month!
Have you ever noticed that when you don’t complete a project before you begin another one, it always causes stress later on? The old saying of “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is great wisdom to take to heart. We’ve all put things off until a later time with the result of feeling pressure to get today’s work, as well as yesterday’s tasks completed…and you can add to that pressure the unexpected issues or opportunities that come but because of lack of preparation you’re not prepared to handle them or accept them.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10a we read, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” I really like how The Message Bible tells us to live life, “Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes–God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Dress festively every morning. Don’t skimp on colors and scarves. Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day of your precarious life. Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it…”
Not only are we supposed to work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but Ecclesiastes 7:8 tells us that “Something completed is better than something just begun,” or “The end of a matter is better than its beginning.”
You can tell where I’ve been reading and what God has been dealing with me about – Completing what I start. My daughter, Emily, and I had a conversation this past week about leaving dinner dishes in the sink overnight. As I was washing off the dishes to put them in the dishwasher, the Holy Spirit explained to me that I was taking care of yesterday’s chores before I could even begin today’s responsibilities. I was bringing yesterday into today – a brand new day, full of new opportunities and possibilities that I could not take advantage of because I was dealing with yesterday’s stuff!
What a simple illustration for such a profound revelation. Since God’s mercies are new every day and He loads us daily with His benefits, why would we want to drag our yesterdays into our todays? I challenge you as I have myself, to discipline yourself to complete your daily tasks and goals for each day so you can start your new day excited about what God’s gong to do for you, and through you to help others.
Not only that, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done everything you can do to go forward today – being a better person and being all that you can be to show others Jesus!