The good news is that Johnny Manziel recently linked July 1 as the start of his sobriety and return to the NFL. The bad news is that he announced this on June 29. For Johnny Manziel, there is no moment like the future. Reports over the past several weeks sadly indicate that his comeback story has yet to begin.
Unfortunately, this is the condition for so many people’s lives. Their problems may not be as severe or attention-getting as Manziel’s, but many of us have made his mistake. “I’ll get better when happens.” “I’ll start making better decisions soon.” “I’m going to do what I need to do, but before I do . . .” The future has been used throughout human history to keep us from doing what we need to do today. The problem is tomorrow never comes. Today is all we have.
Since He made us, God knows how we use the future to make excuses for our present. For that reason, a refrain found in Scripture says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts . . .” (Psalm 95:7; Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7). Instead of listening to God’s voice, we too often are convinced by Satan that we have more time and more chances to do right. As we keep putting off doing the right thing, our hearts become harder to change, and the hope we place in the future is only a figment of our imagination.
Have you put off until tomorrow something you need to do today? Comebacks don’t start tomorrow. They start today. Live in the present. Be blessed and be a blessing today.