It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British troops in Trenton, New Jersey, was playing cards when a courier brought an urgent message stating that General George Washington was crossing the Delaware River. The Colonel put the letter in his pocket and didn’t bother to read it until his card game was finished.
Then, realizing the seriousness of the situation, he hurriedly tried to rally his men to meet the coming attack, but it was too late. His procrastination caused many of his men to be killed, and the rest of the regimen to be captured.
Later, Nolbert Quayle gave a report of the incident, and said, “Only a few minutes delay cost him his life, his honor, and the liberty of his soldiers. Earth’s history is filled with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. ‘Tomorrow’ is the excuse of the lazy, and the refuge of the incompetent!”
How often do we postpone events to a latter date out of sheer laziness? How often do we leave our plans unfinished in hope of tomorrow?
Scripture says God’s mercies are new every morning and that God daily loads us with benefits. This means that in God’s plans for our lives, with daily mercies, come daily assignments which must not be postponed till another day.
Everyday is important to our quest to live fully to die empty. We must pay attention to God’s predetermined good works for each day and by His grace, accomplish them. With this understanding, I pray we would be helped to maximize today even if tomorrow never comes! Amen.