By: Jim Klein
Have you ever put off something you should have done today until tomorrow? Has that procrastination proved to have created a terrible mess? Maybe you have put off so many little things that when you look at everything that needs to be done it looks like a big pile of rocks. That pile adds up and becomes too hard to move without the proper help and equipment.
Procrastination is the number one cause of not getting important things done. This is the devil's way of throwing monkey wrenches into a Christian's life and causing tons of problems that could have been avoided by taking action when needed and not waiting until "tomorrow". I want to talk about one area where procrastination is devastating to loved ones, which is death. Oh yeah, most of us feel that we can worry about death and dying some other day. We can make our final arrangements when we get older. We can worry about our faith after the party Friday night…
These are catastrophic "wait until tomorrow" decisions. I am writing this because of the number of deaths that I have personally been around this year. The ages of the individuals range from 5 years to 100 years old. And the man who died a few months after he turned 100, still wanted to wait to do some planning because he truly believed he would live much longer. A 48 year old gentleman had just met with me four days before he stood up from his bed at the hospital, ready to go home and died of a massive heart attack. A good friend of mine passed away at the age of 87 after 12 days on hospice. The youngest that died was a grandson of one of our partners. They went into the hospital with what the parents thought was the flu and the boy died a couple days ago from spinal meningitis. Why do I bring these instances up? We think we have until tomorrow to accomplish what needs to be done, but the truth is we aren’t even guaranteed the rest of today.
Have you taken the time to tell your family and friends "I love you?" Have you taken the time to express your faith to others? Have you taken the time to write your last will and testament and coordinated your plans to save your loved ones red tape, unnecessary costs and taxes? Have you made arrangements for your favorite Bible verses and hymns? Basically, have you put your house in order?
Now is the time to do today what should not be put off tomorrow. When I work with individuals and families, I ask it this way: "If you had died last night, what would you like happening today for your funeral, for the care of your children or grandchildren and what do want done with your earthly assets? Do you want to remember the Lord's work or other favorite charities? Do you want your family to receive a large lump sum of cash or have it distributed over a number of years? Do you want to save income tax on retirement funds to individuals that are not your spouse?
Today might be the day to start moving that pile of rocks one stone at a time and get some very important work done. Say I love you to your family and friends by your words and actions. Take action and call a trusted friend or professional.
Jim Klein is the Mission Advancement Director Emeritus at Acts 1:8 Ministry®. Jim has over 29 years of experience in the field of financial and estate planning. Jim is ready to help fellow Christians with their financial and estate planning for the benefit of their families and the Lord’s work! Learn more about leaving a Christian legacy.