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February 20, 2014

Tim Kolodziej: I know it’s Thursday, but ...

NEW CASTLE — It’s Thursday.

At least that’s what my calendar says.

Yet for most of us — if we’re really transparent — it’s “When’s-day.”

Just like every other day of the week.

•“When I finally finish this project.”

•“When I get paid.”

•“When the first of the month arrives.”

•“When this weather finally breaks.”

•“When I finish this last can of chew.”

•“When I finish this last pack of cigarettes.”

•“When she says she’s sorry.”

•“When I join the gym.”

•“When somebody likes my business idea.”

•“When the season is over.”

We said that last year.

Last month.

Last time.

So, when?

“When we give to others, our hands scream to the world that God is our treasure. It’s insane to try and get rich now when you’ll own the world in a few short years.” — John Piper

I’ve got a confession to make. If I didn’t love Christ, I would not like people very much.

Sad, but true.

Sorry.

I just struggle with being let down, put down and disregarded.

Happens every day.

•The person who said they would call ... doesn’t.

•The person who said, “yes, I’ll be there” ... doesn’t show.

•The person who you enjoyed being around yesterday ... doesn’t even acknowledge your existence today.

•The person who won’t even make eye contact when you speak to them.

•The kids who roll their eyes or sigh when you speak to them.

•The person who lied to you yesterday.

•The person who doesn’t say thank you.

•The person who has every elaborate excuse ... but no evidence of production.

•The whiners, complainers, cussers and passive-aggressives are seemingly everywhere.

•The person who “promised” to meet the deadline ... and didn’t. Again.

•The person who calls only when they want something.

•The person who talks and talks and talks ... about themselves.

Is anyone feeling me on this?

It’s no secret. Human beings are a peculiar lot.

We’re not a very likeable bunch, when you think about it. We can be downright mean and nasty to each other — and that’s on our GOOD days.

I think there’s a very simple answer why: It’s always “When’s-day.”

I mean, if we can’t even commit to helping OURSELVES today, why should I be crazy enough to assume you would have MY best interests in any situation?

I’m not. And I won’t.

Doesn’t mean I won’t love you. Doesn’t mean I’ll judge you. It just means you need to show me I can trust you.

Today.

Thursday.

“When’s-day” has passed.

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