What time is it? Is it the right time? Is now the right time? If not now … when?
We all have good intentions, don’t we? We all think, “I’m going to do this” or “I’m going to do that.” “I’m going to get in touch more often.” “Let’s meet up.” “I’ll come and see you soon.” I’ll call you tomorrow.”
Let’s face it – me included, or perhaps especially me – we make these promises to ourselves and to others, but we don’t follow it through. We know it’s the right thing to do, but – somehow – it’s never the right time. We’re too busy, it’s raining too much, it’s a bank holiday and I just wanted to relax and chill, or it’s not the right time when you remember it in the middle of the night whilst you are lying in bed awake. After all, who wants a telephone call at 2AM in the morning?!
One of my favourite funny quotes used to be:
“Procrastinate – now!”
It’s probably the only thing I don’t keep putting off – procrastinating. When I first heard that quote I had to look up what the word ‘procrastinate’ meant (according to the Oxford English dictionary):
Delay or postpone action; put off doing something.
And I am so good at it. I should have a medal! If there was a competition for putting off doing something, then I would be one of the front runners! My wife knows this well, particularly when it comes to DIY – it’s not my forte, and I am so good at putting it off. I know it’s the right thing to do, but somehow the time is never right.
It’s the same for many of us when it comes to charity. It’s so obvious, when you are walking in the streets and you see a charity collector, everyone seems too busy to stop. It’s not the right time – you’ve got to get to the next shop in time, or it’s raining and you would get wet. Maybe you want to give, to support a cause or something worthwhile; maybe you want to do what you feel is right, but the timing is not quite right.
But, you know –
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
Martin Luther King made a huge impression on the world – most people will have heard of him, even if they don’t know exactly what he did, or what he stood for, or what he achieved. For him, the time was right – and it was always the right time – to stand up for injustice and to fight for the cause.
What about you? Is it the right time? Do you feel that it’s the right time to do what is right? Is it the right time to be charitable, to support a cause, to make a difference? If so – join us as a HopeGiver – it only means giving £1 a week. The time is right to do what is right. But if not now, when will you make a difference?