When Would Be a Good Time to Start Now?

 

 

Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, (Jeremiah 32:17)

 

A few years ago when the movie Bucket List came out, many people had occasion to look at their life and ponder if it was going the way they had once thought it would.  Sadly, many had given up on their dreams and settled for less.  The purpose of the bucket list was to write out several activities one wished to accomplish before they “Kicked the Bucket” and cross each item off as it was done.  It was an okay idea but it limited people to the time they felt they had left and caused them to focus on death instead of concentrating on the life God provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

 

We have been misguided into believing that we have only a few years to do the things God purposed when He created us.  I have come to believe that If God planned it; it can happen no matter what age you are.  The only limitations we have are the ones we manufacture in our own minds.  God tells us in this passage that nothing is too difficult for Him.

 

The world tells us we are finite, but God says we are eternal.  Our lives are to be lived for God; they are not regulated by the limitations we have set.  Lately I have chosen to allow God to remove the archaic beliefs I was taught as a young person and ask God what is His original plan for my life.

 

  We must listen for His voice because we have been listening to the wrong voices for far too long.  God doesn’t count our lives by years but by how much we accomplish for His Kingdom.

 

My new “Bucket list” will not be items I hope to accomplish before I “Kick the bucket” but a bucket full of things God can do through me for His Kingdom.  This takes my focus off of death and puts it on living fully and wholly for God!

 

Several years ago I came across this reading.  It pretty much sums up how we should remove the excuses and Live;

 

~Dance Like No One's Watching~

We convince ourselves that life 
will be better after we get married, 
have a baby, then another. 
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough 
and we'll be more content when they are.

After that we're frustrated that we 
have teenagers to deal with, 
we will certainly be happy 
when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete 
when our spouse gets his or her act together, 
when we get a nicer car, 
are able to go on a nice vacation, 
when we retire. 
The truth is there's no better time 
to be happy than right now. 
If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. 
It's best to admit this to yourself 
and decide to be happy anyway. 
One of my favorite quotes comes 
from Alfred D Souza.

He said, "For a long time it had seemed 
to me that life was about to begin -real life. 
But there was always some obstacle in the way, 
something to be gotten through first, 
some unfinished business, 
time still to be served, 
a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. 
At last it dawned on me that these 
obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see 
that there is no way to happiness. 
Happiness is the way, 
so, treasure every moment that you have. 
And treasure it more because you shared it 
with someone special, 
special enough to spend your time... 
and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, 
until you go back to school, 
until you lose ten pounds, 
until you gain ten pounds, 
until you have kids, 
until your kids leave the house, 
until you start work, 
until you retire, 
until you get married, 
until you get divorced, 
until Friday night, 
until Sunday morning, 
until you get a new car or home, 
until your car or home is paid off, 
until spring, until summer, 
until fall, until winter, 
until you are off welfare, 
until the first or fifteenth, 
until your song comes on, 
until you've had a drink, 
until you've sobered up, 
until you die, until you are born again 
to decide that there is no better time 
than right now to be happy... 
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So, Work like you don't need money. 
Love like you've never been hurt and 
Dance Like no one's watching.

~Author Unknown~