The Fierce Urgency of Now

A check in your wallet does you very little good. It represents opportunity, for certain, but not action. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about spoiled potential

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with  the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

Solomon uttered words of wisdom in Proverbs 3:27, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” Indeed, the admonishment becomes even more serious when coupled with this statement from James, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.”

Let us seize on today and cash the check we are holding in our wallet.

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