18 Oct “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
I had lunch today at McDonalds and ended up sitting in a booth behind two quite elderly silver-haired ladies who were very engaged in a rousing discussion. It was very easy to hear and I was amused at the exchange. I can’t print much of it here but I will quote to you this great line. “I know the old biddy is trying to get him. But I won’t allow it. He’s mine!”
Ah, hope springs eternal. As well it should. As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Never stop living for the future and I mean both here and then. Unfortunately, I do know some people who have stopped living for now and have all of their hopes and plans in the “Then.” Everybody needs something to look forward to “now” and “then.” I think we start to run out of steam and can’t do as much as we used to. Okay. We understand. But that is not an excuse to do nothing.
In Ephesians 2 Paul tells us that God has specific things for us to do. We don’t know if they were for us in our twenties, thirties or nineties. How distressing it would be if we gave up in our seventies and found out when we are in heaven that we missed the really big task that God had for us. “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” “It’s ain’t over ‘til it’s over” and as long as God gives us a mind with which to think and ponder we should be creatively planning things to do with our families and our communities.
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 18, 2011
Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574