Someday Never Comes, and Then it’s Gone


As I was cleaning the house this morning, I noticed that several times as I stuck something in a drawer or notice something like a light fixture needing cleaning, I would file it away under the category, “Someday I will Organize This,” or “Someday I will Clean This.” It dawned on me that I have a lot of “Someday Projects.” The problem is, someday never seems to come. I began to think that perhaps I needed to actually schedule a “Someday” on my calendar!

I really like our neighbors, since the first day I met them I thought, “Someday I should have them over for dinner and cards.” Unfortunately, life got busy, then the wife got cancer and was undergoing treatment, then COVID-19 hit, and recently, she got pneumonia and unexpectedly passed away. Now, as I go out to get the mail, I miss her smiling face and the short conversations we use to have. I miss waving to them when we were both outside or passed each other in our cars. But most of all, I miss the dinner that we will never have because someday never came, and now it’s gone.

If you think about it, we probably all have our someday lists. Someday I will call _____, someday I will go out to coffee with ______, someday I will forgive _______, someday I will quit drinking, smoking, or whatever the case may be. Someday, I will make more time to read my Bible. Someday, I will spend more time in prayer or worship. Someday, I will step out in what God has laid on my heart. Someday, I will share Jesus with someone I love, or know, or just met. Someday…

James 4:13-15 tells us, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

We do not know what tomorrow will bring. Take a moment today and ask the Lord what you are putting off that He would have you do. Make amends, give a hug, apologize, grant forgiveness, make time for coffee, dance with your children. Whatever it is that He lays on your heart, don’t put it off until “someday,” because someday may never come…and then it’s gone.

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