Inspiration

By Charles Towne   

Do we respond to God’s wonderful sweet voice by allowing others to see our Lord Jesus Christ in us?

Not long ago I was in my favorite Publix grocery store, (you know the one, its out on Rock Springs Rd. and Welch,) and I overheard two ladies talking about God, and what He has done, and is doing for them.

Anyone that knows me recognizes that I had to get involved, so, after introductions I learned that they both attend Temple of Faith church in Apopka.  We prayed together after which we exchanged contact information, after which we went our separate ways.

As so often happens in such cases, I didn’t really expect to hear from either of them ever again, I mean, a scrap of paper is so easily lost, and other things come up, and even though it was a beautiful moment, we so easily forget.

But, SURPRISE!  The following morning I received a phone call from one of those dear souls.

Oh, what a profound blessing!  She so inspired me with her call I had to share the blessing with you by talking about procrastination.  (And by the way, this dear sister is not a procrastinator!)

How often do we neglect the obvious?  We know we should do something, perhaps make that call, write that letter, pray for someone, or visit someone in the hospital.  You know what I’m talking about: but we put it off until a more convenient time.

Don’t delay.  As the ancient quote so aptly says, SEIZE THE DAY!  Don’t put it off until tomorrow, DO IT NOW!

Change OR BUILDING NEW HABITS is never easy, in fact, it can be downright painful!

Procrastination is a common habit, a habit that we all know we need to break.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you know you should do today.

Does someone out there need to hear your voice?  Call them today.

The world is such a lonely place for so many people.  Souls are languishing for want of a kind word, they need to know they are appreciated, cared for, and loved.

Don’t delay.

We are here for a purpose.  Don’t delay!  Call someone today.  Who knows what profound results your call will have.

Live fully,
Love openly,
Make a difference, today


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Ohhhhhhh, how true! Why do we put off what we know we should do? The Bible
    says we are not promised tomorrow.
    Yesterday is gone and with it, all opportunities that were missed because of procrastination. Today, right now is all we have. After everything is said and done,
    good intentions mean nothing. What you intended to do, but didn’t, is worthless.
    My new New Year’s resolution is to seize the moment and get ‘er done. Thanks Chuck!

  2. Dear CSG, People come into our lives… and then, zip, they are gone, and all we have is the memory. The kindnesses are really all we have.. You do know what I mean don’t you How often do we miss the opportunity to tell that special person that we love them, that they are a blessing? How often do we tell Papa God that we love Him? Oh, and when we tell someone that we love them it is really as if we were loving on God. “Whatsoever you do unto the least of these my little ones, you do unto me!” How often do we put off until tomorrow what we know we should do today? How often do we delay devine opportunities, what can only be called Holy appointments? A gesture, a kind word, a caress… and then the opportunity is gone? God bless you dear heart, and thanks for the thought. Chaz

  3. Procrastination is a singular failing of mine, I struggle mightly against it! In fact two years ago I joined a support group, soon we will schedule,our first meeting I hope!!! OK, now that I have gotten that out of the way, there are so many times when we want to, but something always seems to get in the way ( the devil? ) but as difficult as it is, if we perservere we can win! We can slowly change from ” I meant to do that but I didn’t get to it” to “lets get this ball rolling!” . I know God loves us but there are times I’m not sure WHY! We need sooooo much help and He is ALWAYS willing to give it, we just need to get around to asking!!!

  4. Please Richard, when you get your procrastinators anonymous support group organized let me know and maybe, perhaps, when I get around to it I might eventually get around to join when I get the time. Enough of that Sir Richard! No one can accuse either of us of procrastinating this morning though. One thing I do know is that we can change! God bless you pal, Chaz

  5. Ah yes….one of my favorite themes. As a mental health professional, I see the negative results of delaying and procrastinating that which needs to be done today!

  6. Dear NH, procrastination is a human problem, a human challenge, and one that restricts growth in each of us. Why is it so much easier to delay, to postpone, to put off that which we know we should do, at the risk of growth? Why is it so easy to postpone until tomorrow that which we know we should do today? I believe it is something we can make an issue of prayer don’t you? I appreciate your feedback. Chaz

  7. Awesome advice Chuck! Any day could be the last and generally folks get so caught up on what they need to do that they don’t make time for the things that they want to do. I myself am guilty of that. God bless!

    Donnie

  8. Donnie, aint it the truth? Good observation. I am coming to the point more and more in my life where the things that I need to do and the things that I want to do are the same. I believe that is part of the secret of a happy life. My dear old daddy once told me that “if you want happiness in your life find a profession that you are going to enjoy all of your life.” That is going to help you to avoid the tendency to procrastinate. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz

  9. When I was working in Advertising. I sold Round2its. Now that ,Got a. Round2it, you not be able to say. ,When I get a Round2it, anymore!

  10. Thanks, Charles! I’m updating my New Year’s Resolution: instead of saying “I don’t feel like doing it,” I’m going to ask “How will I feel after I’ve done it?” Maybe the Lord is waiting patiently for me while I procrastinate, only to surprise me with a blessing for a job well done by His good and faithful servant? There’s a surprise I could learn to love!

  11. Gymrat, May our Gracious and Holy friend bless you in this, your new year’s resolution, “commitment.” As we delay, or postpone that which will inevitably bring us joy and satisfaction, Holy angels are standing by in wonder and bewilderment at our reluctance to perform in a timely fashion that which will inevitably bless us and ours. May you be blessed with joy and numerous Holy surprises during this new year. Sincerely, Chaz

  12. Wise words and I think they were targeted at me. I think I am a cross between a procrastinator and a senior with Attention Deficit Disorder. Soon after reading this week’s inspirational message I made travel arrangements to be with my mom for her 92nd birthday – one of those things I kept “putting off until tomorrow”. God speaks to us in many ways and he reminded me that tomorrow is guaranteed to no man. Thanks for the reminder Chuck – I’m sure to have pictures to share when I get back.

  13. Mike, I know what you mean but in reality, as with most of what I write, I target myself. These are all such human issues. I am sure Mama is going to enjoy her little boy’s visit. Much joy and many blessing on you and yours, Chaz

  14. Charles, you always get me thinking. I hadn’t thought of procrastination in terms of not following your inner promptings to be kind to other people or let them know you care. I had always thought of it as pertaining to achieving goals or fulfilling garden variety obligations. Thank you for encouraging and prompting us to not hesitate in our kindness towards others.

  15. Kristin, you inspire me. Papa God plants seeds in our hearts and minds that if nurtured blossom into either beautiful flowers, or delicious fruit. He introduces thoughts, then leaves it up to us to share with others that which he puts on our hearts. I imagine that most of us think of procrastination only in the sense of how it pertains to us, rather than in how it impacts others. God bless you dear one. Chaz

  16. Hey pal, I guess we all are somewhat guilty of procrastination. You are certainly the exception! I am soo proud of you. I like the fact that you inspire others son, Papito

  17. I was so blessed a few weeks ago! My brother who has been in prison for 18 years wrote to me telling me he is up for parole this May! When I read the letter to my husband, he said, tell him he can come here. I had been very sick, bedridden for weeks and managed to lose the letter and the envelope for several days. found the envelope first so I found a card and promptly wrote back inviting him to come live with us. I kept reminding God that He knew where I had thoughtlessly laid the letter. Had looked everywhere but the right where as they say. Then as I was sitting at the dining room table I noticed a place on my china cabinet where I had not looked, and there it was in plain sight! Had I answered the letter right the day I got it this would not have happened. But God (I love that phrase!) showed me where it was even in my procrastination! Not saying that gives me license to put things off but God, helps us in spite of ourselves! I love that about Him

  18. Linda, Praise God! Sometimes it is difficult for us to remember that He is in charge, and He knows what is going to teach us to trust. The letter was there all the time, but perhaps you weren’t. All things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to His purpose. I am still learning to depend on Him fully, completely, entirely. He is OUR God. Thanks Linda, Chaz

    P.S. Praise God for your husband’s love, mercy and kindness. C

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