Turn Your When Into Now
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking more and more about generosity, and it's inextricable connection to following Jesus.
Recently, I read a thirty-two year old quote from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In 1985, he was being interviewed and delivered the following intensely personal revelation:
"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. As it is, I pay a price by not having much of a personal life."
Jobs was notoriously driven to succeed. He was known for working hopelessly long hours, and relentlessly pursuing perfection. Jobs turned Apple into one of the most powerful companies in the world.
But after all was said and done, I wonder if those words he spoke over thirty years ago came back to him when he was diagnosed with the terminal cancer that would eventually take his life.
So many of us constantly pour ourselves into what we believe is preparation for a day when we'll finally be able to enjoy the fruit of our labors, and all the while we gloss over or ignore the things and the people that matter most--right here and now.
Jesus once said, "Can any of you by worrying add a single day to your life?"
For those of us who follow Jesus, we are called to a new way of living and being that emphasizes eternal life that begins now--not some time in the future. Jesus wants us to be bearers of the kingdom of God, now. Jesus calls to abundance, joy, fulfillment, Sabbath rest and generosity now.
Stop saying, "When I have enough money... then." or "When I get my life sorted out... then." or "When I get my career in order... then."
Turn your "When" into "Now."
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.