You may delay, but time will not. – Benjamin Franklin
I had finished ministering at all four services at my home church, Christ Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Preaching on the topic “The Work of Faith”, it was my heart to see our congregation fully operate in the realm of faith. One of the first points made in the sermon was to admit that you need God’s help. Without it, producing works of faith would be null and void. I was encouraged and deeply stirred by the faith in the room and the desperation for God.
After experiencing faith-filled worship services, I went home to discover a timeline of Facebook messages, posts and unconfirmed reports that Dr. Myles Munroe was killed in a plane crash. At first, I thought it was a hoax. A day earlier, there was a rumor that Macaulay Culkin died (and this was untrue). I’ve learned that social media can be a force for good, but also an instrument of abuse. I was checking reliable sources of news to see if this unbelievable news was accurate.
Then, it continued to stream.
The news was confirmed.
It was true.
Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and colleagues on a plane from Nassau to Grand Bahama were confirmed dead.
Dr. Munroe was on his way to a global leadership forum that he hosted with prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world. And I thought to myself, “You never know when your life will end in pursuing your purpose.” Dr. Myles Munroe was on a mission to pursue his purpose as he taught others on the value of purpose. Tragically, his life and the life of those he loved and worked with ended right before they were supposed to land safely.
I pause to ask myself and those who read this blog a question: Are you pursuing your purpose in God? If not, why not?
My grandparents from both sides of my family would always say, “Life is short.” When you are young, you may nod in agreement but you don’t take their words with intense reflection. You figure that their comments on the brevity of life is because they are old! But when you begin to age yourself, you recognize that what Benjamin Franklin once said is very true — time will not delay.
Time is on the move. It does not wait until you get “your act together” or “you have all that you need” or “you made all the right decisions.” It just keeps moving. As a result, we may find ourselves reflecting on the question, “Where has the time gone?”
The focus on yesteryear and yesterday takes the focus off of today. We have today to pursue our call. We have today to make a difference in the lives we touch. We have today to seek reconciliation. We have today to love God and love others. Dr. Munroe, his wife, and the passengers on the ill-fated flight pursued their purpose and now rests in the blessed peace of the Author of purpose and life.
Whatever has been holding you back, keeping you arrested in thought-only mode and not action — it is time to move. No delay. No delay. – RF