Put off procrastination Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 October 2017
By Chaplain (Maj.) Kevin Banks
Special to GUIDON

This week, Oct. 8 will come and go, again.

Psalm 90 offers insight regarding the importance of investing every day wisely: “LORD…from everlasting to everlasting, you are God…A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by…(But) the days of our lives are 70 years; or perhaps 8000, if we have the strength…So teach us to count our days carefully, that we may gain a heart of wisdom…”

The Psalmist saw that, on average, people in his era lived for around 70 years. Convert years to days, and it turns out that the average life was about 27,000 days. From the perspective of number of days, the average life really isn’t all that long.  What’s more, especially for those who have chosen the profession of arms, life’s unpredictability is a vivid reminder that tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

The Psalmist’s intent was not literally that you count the days of your life, but rather that you are deliberate to make each day count — to contemplate and then act on the truth that every day is a gift of God not to be taken for granted but invested wisely in things that matter for eternity.

The quality of your life will not be measured by its length, but by  the legacy of its sum returns on your daily investments.

On the night of Oct. 8, 1871, the great Chicago fire broke out and killed hundreds. D.L. Moody, the great evangelist, was preaching earlier that night in Chicago to the largest congregation he had ever addressed in the city. As he concluded his sermon, rather than call upon his audience to respond immediately, he asked them to go home and think about their decision, then come back in a week to respond.  

After the service, several the people who had attended were killed in the fire. Moody said that was the last time he ever told anyone to postpone a decision for Christ.

This week, Oct. 8 will come and go, again.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said, “There is no security in this life…only opportunities.” Therefore, “put-off” procrastination and make the God-given opportunities for good on that day, and every day, count.

(Editor’s note:  Banks is the U.S. Army Military Police School chaplain.)

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