No time to waste!
My mother-in-law was just days away from retiring. Just days away from the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii with her hubz. Just days away from realizing all the things she’d waited for until the timing was perfect … when the kids were grown, when the house was paid for, when the career was a wrap.
Then, poof, her man died of a heart attack.
And so did the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. And the dream of leisurely mornings reading the paper and sipping coffee together. There would be no traipsing around America in an RV visiting children and grandchildren along the way. All the things she’d delayed experiencing till the timing was perfect were suddenly forfeit.
She’d waited and planned for the perfect timing before living her big dream. And then it was too late.
The day her man died, she told her son, “Don’t wait! If you are dreaming of doing something, just do it! Every day is a gift! Open it now and enjoy it!”
Great advice for all of us.
Who knows how many days you have left?
If you’re planning or wishing or dreaming of doing something, this is your time!
One of my coaching clients, Ginny* is a single mom who grew up as an MK (missionary kid) whose passion for missions never waned. Right now, there are obstacles. Childcare for her littles. Limited discretionary income to fund a trip. Finding someone to cover her shifts at work. The list goes on. But she knows perfect timing is elusive. She may not be able to move around the world, but she can and does take short-term mission trips. As her kiddos mature, she’s begun taking them along with her.
What are you waiting for?
I gotta ask. What is that thing you long to do, or see, or learn? Who do you want to serve or help or teach? What keeps you from taking the trip of a lifetime or pursuing your passion?
Is it the “I’ll do it later” lie? Or the lie that your desire is less important than everyone else’s? Maybe you’re believing it’s too late? Or the biggest fattest lie that you’re too old or too messy or too undeserving?
Don’t believe it anymore. Go after your passion. This is your time. Learn to paint or knit or dance. Take the trip to Hawaii or your mama’s or the Holy Land or your childhood home town. Have a baby or write the book or learn to speak French!
This is your time.
You only have today. Make it count. Live intentionally. Pursue your passion and live on purpose! What’s on your bucket list? Leave me a comment and I’ll pray for your bravery and opportunity.
Verse of the day: Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler. Proverbs 6:5 NIV
Our prayer: Dear Jesus, Help me to make my life count. Show me the way to be intentional and wise and live the life you died to give me. I look to you to show me the way on this journey. Amen.
*not her real name