Thought for the Week

“Don’t you live today, on tomorrow’s dreams.”

AS I listened to well-known singer-songwriter Charlie Landsborough singing his song, ‘A Very Fine Line’ featured on his new album, ‘Silhouette’, I reflected how these lyrics encapsulate how so many of us, myself included, live our lives.

We are always looking forward, looking ahead, procrastinating, vaguely telling ourselves that tomorrow, next week, next month or next year is when we’ll get round to doing something about all the big things we have to think about, all the good new resolutions we have to make, etc.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with forward thinking; it is essential when planning major life choices, and decisions about careers, relationships and family, etc; but in order to plan properly and effectively for the future, we have to be in control of our present, make today an important and significant starting point. It is ineffective to sit back, drift passively through ‘today’ with the dreamlike attitude that in the magic far off ‘tomorrow’, everything will just turn out perfect, without having to actually do anything about it now.

In the same way, as Christians, we cannot saunter smugly through life, thinking that just because we believe in God and the promise of eternal life, we are exempt from having to think about our lives now, how we treat other people, and what we are contributing to society, the environment and life on earth.

Charlie Landsborough’s words in ‘A Very Fine Line’ succinctly conclude my thoughts:

“Remember that you’re only passing through,

This world don’t owe a single thing to you

Make double sure in everything you do...

...you do it well

...you never can tell.”

Avila Murray