There Is No Wasted Time

I can only speak for myself here, but I tend to think in terms of milestones and expiration dates. How old were you when you got married? How many kids were you able to have at that time? How many degrees do you have, and how old were you when you finished the last one? When are you going to be “settled”?

I can let myself believe in the lie that at some point in time life is no longer in flux, and that that’s when my life as a Christian starts–until then, I’m just killing time. But with God there is no wasted time. He is a God who, as we heard in yesterday’s Gospel, “take[s] up what [he] did not lay down and harvest[s] what [he] did not plant” (Luke 19:21). He expects interest on his gifts at the very least! But to sit on one’s life, to bury it, is how we end up losing it completely. “I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Lk 19:26).

Yes, God has a plan for our lives; this phrase has become trite in its over-usage. That plan contains the present as well. Why do we act as though we are “waiting for something to happen”? God is now here. God is the plan for our lives, deification, being made perfect, is how we live the needlessly mysterious will of God. What is God’s will? That you love Him and be saved. We are not Disney princesses, starting every day singing a song about waiting for our lives to begin. “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

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