Call me what you will. I am a Johnny/Brenda Come Lately who missed the boat. I had a deadline and I missed it. I forgot to keep up my end of a deal.
I am not a green horn, a novice, or an upstart. That disqualifies me as a Johnny. I did, however, lose an opportunity. I guess that makes me a missed boater. I am shocked, mortified, and ashamed because I rarely (you can even say never!) ever miss deadlines.
I determined to find the cause and the cure for those of us who miss life’s deadlines. School projects, meetings, taxes, even meal times all involve deadlines.
There are diverse opinions—you might call them excuses—as to why we miss them. Everything from poor time management, a lack of priorities, a lack of impulse control, or even poor communication.
Some say that if we were only busier we would get more stuff done. (Good Grief! ) Others don’t think commitments matter because the consequences are few and far between. (Wouldn’t they make a great spouse?) Perhaps that explains this quote:
“I love deadlines and the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
– Douglas Adams
Ecclesiastes 3:1a disagrees.
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.
Prayer – Father we want to honour you in all things, including our commitments to you. Help us get it right. Amen