How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man. (
TODAY—that is all we have. Yesterday has passed and so we call it the past, and there is no replay button. Tomorrow has not arrived, and may never come, for there are no guarantees of tomorrow. All I can assure you about tomorrow is that if it is to be a fruitful time to enjoy then it requires faithful toil be exerted today. Today wears the overalls of opportunity.
We cannot keep hitting the snooze button in life, trying to stay in the warm covers of a dream world—fantasizing about what might be—later. The only way to make dreams come true is to get up, get out, and get with it! Laziness is a recipe for poverty. While the sloth is sleeping, the thief of procrastination slips in and steals the precious commodity of time—never to be reclaimed. We only have a certain amount, and when it is gone, it is gone forever.
A car can’t go anywhere until the engine is fired up and the transmission engaged. It is meant for the highway as transportation, not sitting in the garage as decoration. Now, the child of God knows that the Roadmap—the Bible— must be read before he or she can reach the right destination. There must be fuel in the tank—and that comes through prayer—before we can go anywhere. But, then we must go! We are to be driven! My life needs to be washed from sin, and polished to reflect the image of the Owner, but I dare not think of myself as just something to admire sitting in the driveway. My life is to be a vehicle for God to move out into the world to get His work done—driven for His glory!
There will be some days when we go slow and don’t travel far—the road is rocky, there is an unexpected detour, we encounter sharp turns and steep inclines—yet, this is the road God has chosen for that part of our journey and so we don’t complain. We just go as far as we can, as quickly as we can. There will be days of speeding down the interstate of life—pedal to the metal—fast and far. Always stay alert. The rules of the road must be obeyed, we must keep an eye out for potholes, and know there are unexpected dangers lurking around the next bend of the road—that can be disastrous. The Holy Spirit will guide us—He is our Divine GPS system—and will bring us safely to our destination if we heed him.
We have to go to get anywhere. God has a purpose for you today—the only day you have. Be driven!