Or if we'll even have a tomorrow.
Proverbs 27:1 states: Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Have you ever stopped to think of the implications of this verse? What does it really mean?
Should we no longer plan for the future? Should we give up on our dreams and hopes because we don't know what (or even if there will be a) tomorrow brings?
I don't think that's what the verse is saying at all.
You've probably run into the person who goes on and on about the good things he's going to do. Tomorrow. Or the next day.
But he's not doing them today. He's bragging about the good he's going to do all the while having no action behind his words.
To me, this is what the verse is getting to. To do what we say instead of say what we want to do.
Are you getting me with this? It's not about our talk. It's about our action.
If you're one who talks with no action, you can change. You can become someone who doesn't boast about tomorrow. Instead, you'll be an action taker.
Try doing this:
Look for ways to do what you're saying you'll do tomorrow: Oh how easy it is to speak words. We're easily caught in the trap of saying something when we could be doing it instead.
When you begin to hear the words "Tomorrow I'm going to..." form in your head or come out of your mouth, stop in your tracks. Examine why you're putting the task off for tomorrow.
Now, find ways to move towards that action today.
Maybe it's sitting down and writing the letter to your long-lost friend. Maybe it's taking out the checkbook and writing the check to the charity you've been wanting to.
When you take action, you cut out the possibility of tomorrow getting in the way.
You're no longer boasting either. You're taking action and getting things done.
Talk is cheap. Action is costly.
This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. He is also the author of Leadership Is Dangerous which you can get for free by subscribing to his leadership blog. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter.