I’m not proud to say that I have the worst yard within a three house radius of my home. It’s not the variety of weeds so much as it is the height. The yard is really more of a prairie at times. I tell my neighbors that I’m a conservationist but they still sneer when they drive by. Truth is, I don’t really know why I wait so long to cut the grass. Maybe it’s that I’m a procrastinator who thinks, subconsciously, there will be a more convenient time in the future. Maybe it’s a faith thing and I’m really just optimistic that Jesus will come back and I will get out of the mowing. I wouldn’t want my last activity on earth to be something tedious and insignificant. Either explanation isn’t satisfying and doesn’t get the grass mowed. In fact, the longer I wait, the harder the job is.
So why do we put things off for the future, like getting serious about our finances? One reason is that although we don’t assume that Jesus will return before we have to mow, or we don’t eat our vegetables last in case there is an asteroid, sudden polar shift, alien invasion, or zombie apocalypse, we do somehow think that the future is uncertain. Well, outside of a highly improbably calamity, it isn’t. It may be undefined, but it is certain. It will come and we will reap the rewards of our choices whether we like it or not; and like the mowing, the job will be harder and won’t leave us with a product as healthy or pretty as we would like.
Plus, there will not likely be a convenient time to sacrifice and strategize with our money. The time is now. To quote a Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The same logic applies to our finances. No matter how late it is or how inconvenient, twenty years from now, we will wish we had started today.- Brad Clemons