What you neglect today will neglect you tomorrow. I hope reading this phrase gives you reason to pause, because it’s true in pretty much every area of existence. Just as seeds of goodness and righteousness ultimately bring abundant life, when we don’t pay attention to the kinds of things we plant in our hearts, minds, and bodies, the harvest we inherit will show it. This is true of our health, our relationships, and our goals, dreams, and projects. In the summer, as a teenager, I used to work at Rancho Capistrano, a 350-acre retreat center that was owned by the Crystal Cathedral. There was a groundskeeper named Tim who lived there, and he was like a mentor to me. He meticulously took care of the property, and he had all kinds of incredible skills (he even taught me how to locksmith). At the back of the ranch, up on a hillside, there were two small houses, and Tim resided in one of them. I used to go up there to hang out with him, and I always marveled at how well-manicured and perfect he kept everything. Well, a year or so after the property was sold, I went back on retreat, climbed up to Tim’s old house, and saw something that totally astonished me. Now a shadow of what it had been, the building was completely overrun and looked like it had been abandoned for years. All the windows were broken, the roof had collapsed, there were plants growing inside, and there was even a beehive in the middle of the mess. As I stood there amazed by how much had decayed without intentional effort and care, it reminded me that life is like that too.
My friend, don’t forget to pay consistent and faithful attention to what’s most important. While you can get away with not brushing your teeth for a day or two, after a year, you’re going to be in trouble. And though it’s a rather grim reminder, it’s good to remember this principle as you prioritize your life and your schedule. While the urgent always seems to trump the important, the important is what determines your future. So even if you feel like you’re too busy, too stressed, or too overtaxed, make room for what really matters. Plan your day in such a way that regardless of what it takes, you carve out time to be with the Lord, to exercise, to build relationships, and to pursue your calling. Look beyond today, and intentionally plant the seeds of your time in the soil of eternity so you will reap a harvest of peace and blessing tomorrow!