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What are you waiting for?

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. -Ecclesiastes 11:4

One of the email devotions I get every day comes from Rick Warren-- one of many from different sources that I read infrequently. (I have my morning devotional time with the Bible and recently another meditation book that has been around for about 200 years and is pure scripture verses: Daily Walk). That said, I often delete many of them from my inbox because I know I won't get to them.

Sometimes, something in the title will strike me and I'll open them before deleting to see what they have to say. Today was such a day and the verse above from Ecclesiastes stuck out. The devotional reading offered that verse in the Living Bible version. (Pastor Warren has a habit of using a plethora of Bible versions to support whatever he is writing or talking about-- something you may either love or hate). In this case, I actually like the interpretation the Living Bible offers:  If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. I would say that sums it up nicely. How many times in my life have I tried kidding myself into waiting for some event to happen or the conditions to somehow be 'just right' before I take action. Usually, that action involves something I either deem scary or uncomfortable. This behavior is often known buy its popular name procrastination. It almost never seems to work to my advantage, though. It's rather like owing a balance on your credit card: the longer you wait to pay it off, the more you pay. Often much more.

The Lottery has a particular slogan that comes to mind: you can't win if you don't play. In a sense that is true with the work of the kingdom. However, it is not a matter of gambling. Doing the work our Lord requires of us is a pretty safe bet. In fact, it is not really a bet. It's 100% guaranteed to bring results by your Heavenly Father!

What are you waiting for?

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