If Not Now, Then When?

If Not Now, Then When?

The question:

If not now, then when?

Since I was a boy the constant mantra in my life has been patience. My dad used to say, “That outspoken nature you have is going to be a strength one day if I don’t kill you before then.” Basically, hold off on using that gift.

I know there’s a time to stand up for what’s right. But I keep getting told to hold off. “Be patient, God will take care of things but he doesn’t work on our time schedule.” All the wise people tell me.

I’ve had some financial goals. I’ve been as parsimonious as possible. Guys like Dave Ramsey say, “Live like no one else today, so you can live like no one else tomorrow.”

So, I ask. When will all the waiting end? When is the time to start using that outspokenness? To act now? To stop being so concerned about stewardship?

As much as I hate to admit it, something deep within me says that the time I’m looking for on a lot of those questions may not actually exist within the space-time continuum. There is a time for everything, but the godliness required to live with skill on this planet often seems to come with a price tag of patience.

The time for some things will only come on the other side when we stand before God and he honors us for our patience.  Of course, I imagine on that day all of the stuff that’s got me down won’t really matter than much.

But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. –Romans 8:5