No one needs to tell you; you already know.
Someone once said “Good intentions pave the way to hell.” So does procrastination. And, it seems the older I get, the more I see others living out those sage remarks. Simply put, they’ve got “unfinished business” in their lives, yet—for whatever reason—they postpone doing what they ought to do.
It might be repaying a debt. Or, it might be giving back something they stole from someone. However, a lot of the time it has to do with interpersonal relationships that are broken and one or more parties refuse to forgive; or, they say they forgive, but they never forget.
Dear Reader, life’s too short to live that way. And, here’s hoping this article will help you decide to finally do what you know you should have done a long time ago.
Every week I read postings on Facebook or obituaries in a newspaper that tell of someone I’ve known who’s died. Some are folks I’ve known for years and even talked to recently, while others were friends from years ago, but I haven’t seen or talked to in 40-50 years.
Regardless, my heart aches when I read about their deaths. I look at their pictures and read whatever’s posted about them. I wonder what they’ve been up to and if they were happy when they breathed their last breath; or, did they, like so many have unfinished business, living with heartaches, regrets, bitterness, etc.?
For the majority of them, I’ll never know. But God knows.
That’s why each one of us should do some serious soul-searching and ask Him to show us what’s really there. Truly, there are many…some with whom you work…or some with whom you worship…or some within your family circle…or maybe even the one who looks back at you in the mirror…who postpone (or is that refuse) to do what they know they should do.
And, again, life’s too short to live that way.
You see, life’s unlike golf between friends. There are no “mulligans” or “do overs.” A seed of resentment will soon become a root of bitterness if it’s not refused lodging in your heart’s soil. The longer it stays there, the deeper the root becomes. And, the deeper the division becomes. And, the colder and harder the heart becomes.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s no accident the Bible says to “not let the sun go down on your wrath,” followed by “Neither give place to the devil” the very next verse (Ephesians 4:26-27). Going to bed angry opens your heart’s door to the devil while you sleep. And, the longer you refuse to seek reconciliation and forgiveness, the more entrenched he becomes.
Therefore, the question is “What are you going to do about it?”
Are you going to continue nursing your hurts and pitching a tent on your resentments? Are you going to continue saying “Well, he/she’s got to make the first move” instead of humbling yourself as Jesus commanded and forgiving those who’ve hurt you?
I hope you’ll let your pride fall and do what you know you need to do.
Even if others refuse to be reconciled with you, at least you’ll have taken the first step. The Heavenly Father will bless you for doing so. And, it’ll likely help you sleep better at night and have less high blood pressure or acid indigestion.
It’ll certainly ease that aching in your heart and pricking in your conscience.
So, what do you say?
Are you ready to let bygones be bygone? Are you ready to forgive or seek forgiveness? If so, wait no longer. Do it now. Make that visit. Pick up the phone and call. Write that letter or email.
But, do it now. You’ll be glad you did. And, so will the Lord.
NOTE: If you’d like to contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” you can write him at P.O. Box 10614, Fort Smith, AR 72917 or e-mail him at email@example.com.