If not me, who?

If not now, when?

(Emma Watson, via Garland Sam)

Have you ever seen something that needed to be done but just waited for somebody else to do it?

I have.

I'm not necessarily proud of that – but sometimes I do fail to take ownership of the things that I know need to be done.

Sometimes it's for a good reason. For example, perhaps someone else has already committed to doing it. Or perhaps it's beyond my capability. To be sure, God hasn't called me to fix all the ills of the world myself. He's called us to do it together.

Other times it's not for a good reason:

  • Maybe I'm tired.
  • Maybe I don't want to be bothered.
  • Maybe I'd rather watch TV.
  • Maybe I'm afraid.
  • Maybe I don't know how and don't want to learn.

And that brings me back to the question that Garland Sam asks himself. “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

There might be a good answer to both of those questions. It might not be me. It might not be now. But I do myself and the world a disservice if I don't bring those questions to God.

He might not tell me who or when. But He might tell me. And it might be me or it might not. But if I approach it with integrity, I'm honoring Him and will be aligned with His will.

And that leads to the question I'm asking myself (and you):

Is there something you see that needs to be done but isn't being done?

If not you, who?

If not now, when?

if not me, who? if not now, when?
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