by Steve Wagers

If Tomorrow Never Comes
Steve Wagers
James 4:13-17

It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British troops in Trenton, New Jersey, was playing cards when a courier brought an urgent message stating that General George Washington was crossing the Delaware River. Rahl put the letter in his pocket and didn't bother to read it until his card game was finished. Then, realizing the seriousness of the situation, he hurriedly tried to rally his men to meet the coming attack, but it was too late. His procrastination caused many of his men to be killed, and the rest of the regimen to be captured.

Later, Nolbert Quayle gave a report of the incident, and said, "Only a few minutes delay cost him his life, his honor, and the liberty of his soldiers. Earth's history is filled with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. 'Tomorrow' is the excuse of the lazy, and the refuge of the incompetent!"

Tom Heymann, in his book, "In An Average Lifetime," showed that the average American, in his lifetime spends:

--3 years in business meetings
--13 years watching television
--$89,281 on food
--consumes 109,354 pounds of food
--makes 1811 trips to McDonalds
--$6881 in vending machines
--eats 35,138 cookies, and 1483 pounds of candy
--catches 304 colds
--is involved in 6 motor vehicle accidents
--hospitalized 10 times;
--and, spends 24 years sleeping.

Richard Needham, in his book, "Wit and Wisdom," reported that the seven ages of man are: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, and wills. I believe that everyone of us, regardless of age, could agree with that. I believe that Gloria Pitzer, the famous columnist, expressed it best in her clever little poem:

Procrastination is my sin,
It brings me naught but sorrow,
I know that I should stop it,
In fact, I will. . ...TOMORROW!

When I read these things, I thought, "But, what if tomorrow never comes?" What if your plans were left incomplete, your dreams unfulfilled, an ...

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