“The time to start is now. You can’t start tomorrow and you can’t start ‘someday.’ Someday is usually a euphemism for ‘never.’ Milestones are achieved one step at a time therefore, decide what the first step will be and take it. Remember, don’t mistake the difficult for the impossible. Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Big achievements often start with small steps. The key is to do something; to do it NOW, and to do it TODAY!” — Nido R. Qubein

The problem with too many of us is we procrastinate. This happens when we put off making decisions. We put off starting on those items needing to be done around the house. We put off study. We put off writing that note. We put off telling others we care. We put off doing what is necessary to become what it will take for us to reach our dreams.

Mr. Qubein said, the time to start is now. The time to act is now. The time to take that first step is now. Not tomorrow and not someday. Not this afternoon and not tonight. It is best to start it now.

When starting our day, we frequently put off that which seems to be hardest until later in the day or perhaps tomorrow. When we do this, it causes our day(s) to be longer. It causes us to lament the task and dread having to do it. What is best is to take the hardest thing needing to be done that day and do it first thing. In another words, do it now. When you do this the day will fly by and you will soon find yourself wanting to take on those tough chores first thing as you will have found this has not only made your overall life better, it has put you in the forefront of those with whom you work that are doing what you once did – putting off the hard tasks until later.

In the Bible, there is a scripture saying something similar. II Corinthians 6:2 in the Living Bible & Message translations: “…Your cry came to me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were open. I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered. Right now is the time and today is the day to get started.”

If you will bear with me I will do my best to help unravel what at times appears to be so heavenly minded it offers no earthly value. There is however, a tremendous value in what has been said in the scripture above. I will take each section of the scripture and break it down.

Your cry came to me at a favorable time, when the doors of welcome were open.
Remove yourself from the Bible times and think about now. There are times in your life when you were down and out. When things were not going right and you didn’t have a clear direction. You kept thinking about it and then all of a sudden you knew that you knew all things were going to work for your advantage. The state of your heart changed. You all of a sudden knew what to do and where to go. You knew now was the time to move, to do something, to strike while the iron was hot.

I helped you on a day when salvation was being offered.
Timing is everything and if you have observed anything in your life you will know that to be true. The same offering of help isn’t always available WHEN WE FINALLY GET AROUND TO ACCEPTING IT. They are one time deals and we have to strike while the iron is hot or while our hearts have passion to do it. If we put it off, we will miss out on the opportunity we would have had when the passion to carry it out was available. By the way, the word salvation can also be redemption like we have the ability to redeem the time we had once lost. It can also be translated rescued or recovery. When we are not where we need to be and we need help to get to the next level, we can be rescued by acting now. We can recover what we have lost by acting today.

Right now is the time and today is the day to get started.
Even though we have desired something so strong and finally found that place in our heart where we knew all was going to work out and be well, in order for that which we feel in our hearts to happen, we need to do something on our end or the passion will die. We can’t wait until tomorrow. We can’t put it off until the end of the day. We must do something NOW. Procrastination will keep us from having the best. Procrastination will put off our passion until the fire behind that passion is gone.

If you feel you need to do something, don’t put it off, do it now.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox