These Next (Last) Five Days

Yesterday Darrin Patrick, Pastor of The Journey in Saint Louis, posted this modern proverb on his Facebook wall. "How you live the last week of 2010 has a direct correlation as to how your 2011 will be."

Like any proverbial statement, this is generally true. There there are exceptions, but it is true for most. How we live these last five days of 2010 will be true of our 2011 as a whole because it is indicative of how we operate and what we believe.

For many of us, our modus operandi is to procrastinate, putting off until later what we should be doing now. In some cases repentance is required. Although this demands immediate action we sometimes wait. For some it's until the sting and embarrassment of our transgression wear off a bit (which has more to do with numbing the conscience than the grace of Gods healing). For others it's waiting until the beginning of the next day, or week, or month, or year to get a "fresh start." It's like we picked up some really bad theology along the way that says your sin ruins a period of time that grace cannot restore. So we wait for the passing of time to start again.

The act of procrastinating reveals that we believe, at least on a practical level, that God has promised us tomorrow (oops). We live as if God owes us a new year to finally get things straightened out. But tomorrow has not been promised to any of us. God has given us today, and to not use, to waste it, is folly.

Sure, sometimes procrastination is less about repentance and more about doing better (self improvement), but either way the action of delaying the start of something good is generally more indicative of future failure, not success, because inaction seems to be what we are good at. We delay. It's reasonable to expect more delaying in the new year.

There are five days left in 2010. God may give you one, or all five. They are his gift to you. Do not waste them.