by Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
Periodically Microsoft updates its software. These computer software upgrades are free to users provided you sign up to have them uploaded to your computer within the designated window of time. A few weeks ago, I received an email that it was time to update, but I ignored it. Reminders would repeatedly pop up on my screen, but I never took the time to upgrade. Finally, I managed to make the minimal effort to arrange for the upgrade to occur overnight, so that my work day would not be interrupted during the process.
Wow; what a difference the upgrade made! Not only is my computer running faster and more efficiently, but I also have an endless array of breathtakingly beautiful screen saver photos which appear each time I turn on my computer and which change every few days. The photos include
mountain vistas in Chile, colorful fishing boats in Vietnam, fields of lavender in Bulgaria, butterflies in Thailand, and vats of vegetable dyes on a rooftop in India. Each photo is ever more beautiful than the one before. What blessings I forfeited by procrastinating! Sometimes we do not know what we are missing by putting off until tomorrow what we could do today (Proverbs 6:4-14).
Jesus tells us to be faithful in the small things (Luke 16:10) before we can expect more. I know it is a trivial example, but I needed to be faithful in
updating my computer software so that I could work more efficiently. The beautiful screen saver photos were just an added blessing . . . the “gravy” on top, if you will. Over what are you procrastinating? Do you delay when the Holy Spirit prompts you to act? What blessings might you be missing by so doing? In Ephesians 5:15-16 reads, “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people, but as wise, making the most of the time because the days are evil.”