Why Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today?

“Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?”

This has been a common proverb, and frequently attributed to a variety of authors. Yet perhaps the earliest known occurrence–at least that I know of–is found in the Old Testament of the Bible, in (what else) the book of Proverbs:

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.” -Proverbs 3:27-28

Basically what it is saying, is that if you have an obligation or some good thing that you are able to give or bestow upon your neighbor today, don’t delay or put it off until tomorrow.

More and more often in life, I’m finding that God wants for us to make full use of each day, and to live thoroughly. By “live thoroughly,” I mean that God doesn’t want us to overlook all of the small details and untied ends of life, just skipping ahead to what we deem is important.

If we have unfinished business, I believe that God wants us to live thoroughly and make sure to tie up all loose ends before proceeding too far ahead of Him on life’s path. He is back waiting for us to clean up the bits of moral untidiness that we’ve left in our path.

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” -Matthew 5:23-24

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