“I’ll do it when I get around to it.” How many times have you said that? If you’re like me, a lot. “Oh, I’ll spend more time on my hobbies when I get around to it. I’ll focus more on my kids as soon as we get a little more financially secure. I’ll get more involved in church when the children leave home. I’ll go for more walks with spouse just as soon as work slows down.”
My Uncle Jean was a genius, but his head was always up in the clouds. He told my aunt that he would do something when he got around to it so many times that she finally cut a big circle out of felt and wrote “TUIT” on it so that his favorite excuse was gone.
But my uncle died about twenty years ago and my aunt followed him shortly thereafter. And I’m not sure if either of them ever did get around to it. You see, the older I get (and the more funerals I do) the more I realize that our “round tuits” may never come. Accidents happen. Situations change. People get cancer, and others die of heart attacks.
We could get pretty depressed thinking about this. But we can also be energized: Life is such a gift! Do we live it to the fullest or do we just let it pass us by?
That’s why the Bible is so urgent: “NOW is the acceptable time. NOW is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). Now is all we have. But with God in our lives it’s also all we need. Jesus Christ has come and a new era pregnant with possibility has begun. Today can be rich with love and joy and significance!
Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday, is the season in the church year where we think both about how short life is and what a gift each day is. As we receive the sign of the cross on our foreheads, we remember not only our mortality, but also the victory made possible by Christ.
We at St Paul Presbyterian Church are striving to living into that victory in all we do. We invite you to join us on that journey! Our Ash Wednesday service is February 18 at 7:00pm and our regular services are Sundays at 10:15.