The youngest student in my class is 3 years old, and she is very articulate. One time during recess, I saw her throwing rocks so I had her sit down for the rest of recess. For the next two weeks, every time we were going outside or anytime she remembered what had happened, she would say “Miss mowwy, I will not thwow wocks.” One time she went as far as to say “I will not thwow wocks so miss mowwy wont get mad.” Ouch, i know Mom guilt is a thing, but is teacher guilt a thing? because that one stung a bit.
Anyways, she’s very articulate.
Recently she’s started a new thing, if she gets caught doing something wrong or we correct her, she’ll say “Okay, I will do (insert thing here) tomorrow.” Today for example, she skipped/ran to her spot in the classroom and I told her to walk. She stopped and said “Okay. I will walk tomorrow.” No, how about you walk today, I thought to myself. And then I heard a voice in my head that said ‘Why don’t you walk today, Marlie?” Then I realized how I was just like this 3 year old girl, knowing what I should be doing but deciding to put it all off for tomorrow. My dreams? Eh, tomorrow. Reading the Bible? tomorrow. That email I need to send? tomorrow. That friend I need to call? tomorrow. The apology that needs to be said? tomorrow. The conversation that has to happen? tomorrow. But how often does tomorrow just become today which is code for just another day that we say we’ll do that thing tomorrow. I don’t know what you need to do, or stop doing. But don’t wait to make that change. Today is the day. Walk to your spot today, send that email, confess that sin, confront that person with love/truth, step up. You’ll be glad that you did.
In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.