Friday, 08 February 2013 14:57

Avoiding “Someday” Syndrome

Written by  John Schmidt
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“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

Alan Sachs

 

The “Someday” Syndrome is a spiritual malady that causes us to settle for comfort and safety rather than God’s purpose for our lives. People of all ages and backgrounds suffer from this syndrome and it can be contagious. It is fairly easy to spot “Someday” Syndrome in others, but we often fail to diagnose this problem in ourselves.  A quick way to tell if you have it is to evaluate your responses to the following statements:

 

•  “After I get the promotion I’m going to start spending more time with my family.”

•  “When my schedule slows down I’m going to get involved at church.”

•  “Someday I’m going to get serious about getting in shape.”

•  “When I retire I’m going to enjoy life.”

•  “Someday I’m going to start reading my Bible.”

•  “Someday I’m going to get my finances in order.”

 

If you can identify with two or more of these statements, you are susceptible to “Someday” Syndrome.  If you have used any of these statements in place of making New Year’s resolutions you already have “Someday” Syndrome, and if you have repeatedly verbalized any of these statements to family or friends you are probably contagious.

 

People who have “Someday” Syndrome are prone to mediocrity and apathy.  They often complain about boredom but are unwilling to take risks or do hard things. They frequently blame others, even God for their bland existence and general unhappiness. “Someday” Syndrome causes frustration, emptiness, disappointment and results in endless comparisons with others.

 

If you and I want to prevent “Someday” Syndrome from taking hold in our lives this year we need to make some important decisions right now.  We need to come to terms with the fact that life is short and we only have a limited number of tomorrows.  Why should we wait until someday to get in shape, get involved, or finish a degree?  Why not begin today? Why do we allow ourselves to become paralyzed by fear, doubt, and indecision?  Today is the best day to begin turning things around.

 

We also need to ask the One who created us for wisdom in how to make the most of our time. In Psalm 90:12 Moses prayed, “Lord…teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  We would do well to follow Moses’ example. God knows our fears and failings and He also knows our strengths and capabilities. God knows what opportunities are ahead of us and He wants what’s best for us more than we do. He loves us and will gladly show us how to make the most of 2013 if we will only seek His direction for our lives. The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” (Psalm 32:8-9)

 

A great resource for overcoming the Someday Syndrome is One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life, by Kerry and Chris Shook. This New York Times Bestseller is practical, thought provoking, well-written and inspiring. God wants us to experience abundant life today instead of waiting for someday.

 

 

John Schmidt ? Senior Pastor ? Centerpoint Fellowship Church ? This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

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