Have you ever heralded the words, “It’s a new season. I can’t wait for what’s next in my life.” We go on and on about how next is going to be better than where we are. Next is defined in our minds as that opportunity we’ve been waiting for. The moment of a lifetime. Meeting the right person, landing that dream job, starting a new career; the list just goes on. The anticipation of these moments gives us both excitement and anxiety. We are longing so for the next moment, that we often miss the present. Our conversations are saturated with our anticipation of a promised future, and often void of the preparation needed in today.
Yes, tomorrow, next month and next year can be exhilarating; especially when there is a glimpse of something promised. The question I propose is, “when the new thing comes are you ready?” Have you taken this present moment to learn and grow in the areas that are needed for later? The opportunities will come; the vision shall come to pass, but you must be ready. It has been stated that it’s better to be prepared and not have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Years ago my great-grandfather, challenged me to take piano lessons and learn to read sheet music. I was already playing the piano naturally by listening to the music, however, he told me that he didn’t want me limited to just that. At the time it made no sense to me. I thought I played just fine in the only key I could play in.
Years later so many opportunities have opened to me because of the preparation that was done as a child. Never overlook your now in anticipation of your promised tomorrow. New seasons will present themselves. Prepare for later, today.
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
Father, as I anticipate the great things designed for my life, help me to slow down. I commit my dreams, goals and aspirations to you. My future is bright. I chose to prepare for it today. In Jesus Name, Amen.