Chinese Proverb: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is today.
I was talking with a friend of mine the other day who told me that proverb. I’m sure there are many interpretations that could float around and they’d all be good. But tonight I’ll say this: Do your best to avoid missed opportunities. One of my father’s many mottos was Why put off till tomorrow what you can get done today? Wise words. There is nothing worse than not being promised tomorrow or the plans you may have. Trees are needed both now and in 20 years. Securing the future has so much more to do with ‘now’ than we realize. This is why getting the affairs of our soul together ‘now’ is so crucial.
I liked the Snickers campaign that ran for so long Why wait? Grab a Snickers. I think it was the sense of urgency that was so attractive, so helpful, so motivating. It made you want to grab a Snickers, didn’t it? Another great quote comes from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. Get busy living, or get busy dying. It seems that if we don’t take the initiative to get busy living that death is going to inevitably catch up to us.
To bring the Chinese proverb back around, I’m sure many of us probably wish that we were 20 years into a good, strong faith–reaping the benefits of growth and relationship. We sure would feel better about our lives with that kind of track record running. But a lot of folks never really planted that seed that should right now be bearing fruit. The point tonight is that if you haven’t begun to reap the benefits of a relationship with God, then start now, start today; plant the tree of faith so that in 20 years there will be a mighty oak, rooted in God and producing great works that are a testimony to God. Why wait? Grab faith. OR Get busy living–pick your motto.