There is never a good time to start something.

What I have learned these past few months is that there will always be something else to do, something that might be easier than the task at hand.  Excuses will always arise  I encountered this again when I read Jesus telling people to quit putting things off.   Luke wrote,

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:57-62)

I have told myself from time to time that I would follow Jesus in certain aspects of my life, or try to do something new.  Yet, excuses would pop up in my mind.  Excuses like, let me get one more hour of sleep.  Let me finish this one more program.  Sure I’ll pray, but let me clean the kitchen first.  I know I need to serve in this capacity, but I just want a Saturday off.  I have told myself on many occasions that I am just not ready to do something God has told me to do.

My encouragement and challenge is this.  Don’t wait for an ideal opportunity, don’t wait for the perfect time.  That time will never come.  That time will never arrive, because there is never a good time to start something. There is never a good time to write a book, start exercising, have a child, start judo, or to follow Christ.  No more excuses, now is the time to do something extraordinary.

What excuses are you trying to escape from?