This morning as I prepared my morning coffee I realized that all my normal coffee mugs were dirty. My mug tree sitting next to my coffee machine which is normally decorated with six lovely cups was mug-less. I opened my cupboard door where my back-up mugs are kept and discovered that even my normal back-up mugs were dirty. If you know me, even a little bit, then you know that this is a code red situation. Other than running out of coffee, this is a coffee addicts connoisseur’s worst nightmare.
I had to resort to using the back-up to the back-up mugs. This morning, I am drinking coffee from a Santa Clause cup. I don’t think I’ve ever actually used this mug before. I didn’t even know I owned this mug. I found it sitting in the back corner of my cupboard. Like an oasis spotted in a dry and barren desert, there it sat offering hope to a thirsty traveler!
My coffee cup (near) catastrophe triggered a question:
Why do we sometimes wait to do what we should do until all other options have been exhausted?
I needed to turn my dishwasher on two days ago. But I haven’t yet.
We wait until we are running on empty before we make the choice to fill back up.
We wait until our situations are miserable or unmanageable before we decide to act.
We settle for mediocre and good enough instead of chasing after excellent and best.
We wait and we procrastinate until the pain or the uncomfortable finally compels us to choose differently.
There was a time in my life when it was common behavior for me to wait to make better choices until I was desperate. I would wait until my back was up against the wall. This morning’s little experience reminded me that I don’t like living that way.
I want to make the choice to fill back up before I am empty.
I want to make the choice to act before situations become miserable and unmanageable.
I want to make the choice to not settle for mediocre when God promises me there is so much more if I would make the choice to trust Him wholeheartedly today!
You have choices to make today. Be intentional. Choose wisely.
And now, if you will excuse me, I have to go turn my dishwasher on.