"Later" Is A Thief
Time, it's beautiful isn't it? We have so much of it, or do we?
I'm sure in the time you've existed here on this beautiful planet, you've used the phrase, It's ok, I'll do it later." You might be talking about some work, writing down an idea, cleaning, and the list goes on. I'll be the first to say, I say that all the time. In fact, I said it right before I started writing this, about another writing idea, then forgot what that idea was -- I was inspired to write this.
Aren't we all guilty of doing what I did? Assuming that whatever it was will be there later and later we'll have time for it. That idea, those words, that task, that person, those feelings, all of it. I'm sure you've heard many people talk about the importance of the moment, of right now, and the value of time exists in the moments we take for what we deem as important. There in is where my struggle lies, what do I deem important? The things that "I'll do later," are they really important? Truthfully, they probably aren't, and not because I said I would do them later but because "later" usually means never.
When I think about this, my heart breaks -- the things that I'm spending my time on are usually the things I can do later, like did I really need to watch the entire series of "Stranger Things" in two days? No, but I did. My heart breaks because during that time I told myself that I would redesign my website later, I would rework my freelance guide, I would write a few blog posts, but did I do any of those things and have I done any of those things yet? No, because I'm going to do them "later."
This brings me to dreams. In this day and age many things happen digitally because social media, because of this there has been a rise in artistic, freelance careers. These jobs are the dreams of most millennial's, because the idea of getting to run your own life and all that jazz, but its not that glamourous. Freelance is no joke. It's a lot of hard work and hours spent learning your craft. Unfortunately because of this "I'll do it later" mentality so many of us have, people think that these dreams will just fall into their lap if they get one piece of good content out there in the world. The thing is, beautiful lives, don't just happen, they're built. They're built on the many cups of coffee, the tears, the long nights, the day planners, the failures. That foundation of hard work leads to what you probably see in this social media driven world, beautiful lives.
We cannot live in the mentality that our dreams will just happen, especially if we keep doing them later. Later is never because it never comes, all we have is right now and the future is built on a compilation of right nows. It's silly to say, I feel like such a cheesy marketer, but the future is now -- we're building it.
"And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing." James 4:13-14 [MSG]
That verse is a bit scary because it's all "YOU MIGHT DIE TOMORROW, YOU DON'T KNOW!" For me, I just see it as more of a reason to not put things off. Many people pray that God will speak to them and show them things, but have you ever thought -- maybe those ideas you're putting off could be from Him? I know I think that, especially about something I want to write and never do. There is abundant grace and whatever He wants to be said will, but I still wish I had written everything I've thought about writing.
Next time we decide to put something off, or "do it later," there are two things I think we should do, 1. write it down, 2. evaluate what you're currently doing and see if it's more important or if what you're going to do later should take priority. I need to work on this, immensely, so I'll start right now. First things first [Im the reeeelist] write this blog post, DONE!
Go out into the world and build your future, right now.