There’s an old saying that goes like this, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” Looking back, whether it’s 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago, makes it easy to think about all the trees that should have been planted. We think about how we should have spent less and invested more _ how we should have studied more, prayed more, taken the kids on more picnics, appreciated others more, watched TV less, worried less, laughed more, enjoyed life more, shared Jesus more, and on and on it goes.
It may be tempting to dwell on those things left undone and worry about them but, there is a better way _ do something about today. The fact is that yesterday will never be any different than it was. On the other hand, the pages of now are still blank. Now is a great time to start “planting trees”.
For that to happen there needs to be change, but sometimes, it seems that the only person wanting change is a baby with a nasty diaper. Some of you have been Christians for a while and have thought about more actively serving God or attending worship and Bible study more regularly or getting involved in church activities, or sharing Christ with a friend but you have never followed through. James had this to say about that… “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) So what are you going to do? Well, here’s my advice, “Don’t just sit there _ do something!”