Make the Choice for Now

Make the Choice for Now

“In a minute.” I live in a house where this phrase is used with ease and comfort – and usually to mean that I never have an intention of doing what is being asked . . . in a minute, an hour, or ever.

My children do it. I will ask them to fulfill a chore or to do me a favor and I will hear the words tumble out of their mouth even before the request is complete. I know they are not listening and I also know that they will not follow through.

My husband does it. He will be scanning Facebook for the latest content curation idea, or playing Plants vs. Zombies – I am never sure which but will always default to the work impression because he made me feel guilty when I mentioned he was playing. He will answer with the phrase and I know that when the battery runs out he will get to it if he remembers the request.

I do it. I spill out that phrase without thinking and it pours over my children who have started to respond to each other (when they think I am no longer able to hear them) “that is just mommy code for no.” I throw it at my husband because his request can never be as important as my own. I hold it up to God, because what God wants from me can, in no way, be of more importance than what I want from me.

Three little words that hold the power of obedience in them. “In a minute.”

One of the parables of Jesus talks about the man with two sons – the first said “no” but then went and did what was expected. The second said “in a minute” but never did it.

More often than not, I am that second son. I want to do better in my life. I want to be a blessing to my Father. But I want to do what I want to do even more.

Choose Now

– it can wait. The book that I am reading or the show that I am watching (yes, even football) can wait. People are not supposed to have to wait. I am designed for relationships. I am not designed for entertainment.

– it will not be the end. Stopping to fulfill the request, or stepping up to do what I know to do will not be the end all of my existence – especially when I remember that I am designed for eternity and this is but a breath of that existence.

– it will always be better. When I choose to invest in others and I choose to be obedient to God then it will always be better than when I choose to be selfish.

– it will never come around again. Right now is all I have. If I choose to let it go then it is gone. If I put the game before my child then the next time it may be my child putting the game before me.

It goes by so fast – it may turn out that I have no minute to waste.

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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