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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Now is the Appropriate Time
By Charlene Schoen


Procrastination can become a habit very quickly. It is so easy to put off the ironing that needs to be done, putting things in their proper places; (this is where I get into trouble) or going out to weed the garden. Maybe the car needs an oil change or you meant to call a friend who has been ill. The list can go on and on, because we can always come up with a “good excuse” to wait until later.

The consequences of “putting off” doing these things will eventually begin to take its toll on our lives. The small ironing job becomes huge and takes much more time to do, and the weeds have gotten totally out of control. Plus, the car may even stop running because it was not given the attention that was needed. It could possibly happen that your sick friend had some complications and was taken to the hospital or may have even died before we had a chance to talk to him/her once again.

Think about it, when someone gives you a gift do you just say thank you and set it in a closet unopened because you don’t want to take the time to open it now?

I believe God commissions us to be good stewards in our lives, in our homes, our relationships and in our finances. A good steward governs, manages and is also a waiter who serves others. Granted, the ironing and weeding and putting things away can be unpleasant tasks; getting the car serviced and calling on a sick friend can take up more of our precious time. However, when we thank God that we have the clothes to iron, a car to drive, a lovely garden in which to pull weeds and a place where we can keep things in order, these tasks can become easier for us to perform. When we thank God for our friends who are priceless treasures in our lives, we want to give them our love and our attention. Also, where would we be without the health, strength and ability that God has given us to perform these tasks and be good stewards, because it puts God’s love into action and as a special bonus, many blessings will be awarded to us.

God gives us so many opportunities in so many ways every day to let His light shine through us. Just as Jesus washed the feet of His Disciples, we are called to do the same to others and do it when the opportunities come and not put it off and wait for a better time. We are each God’s light to the world and we are not to hide it but let it shine for all to see. Let us take hold and seize the moment every time an opportunity to reach out to someone and be good stewards comes our way. God tells us to let our love and good deeds glow so others will see and praise our heavenly Father and see the light of Jesus Christ in and through us, for the same opportunity may not come again. Thus! Rejoice – You are making a beautiful difference in the world.

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Jan Ackerson 03/14/08
I have the absolute solution for the problem of procrastinating when there is ironing to be done: don't iron. I haven't ironed since they invented permanent press!

Kidding aside, there's some great encouragement in this piece.
Laury Hubrich 03/15/08
This is a very nice devotional. Thank you so much for sharing!
D. Phenes03/15/08
nice devotional, I would add a scripture to complete it though. Good job
Debbie Wistrom03/19/08
Great thoughts and a gentle reminder we all need from time to time, keep up the good words.