You may be asking what was Sully Sullenberger’s secret? As we reflect on how we are procrastinating in our own lives, we can take away some inspiration from Captain Sully Sullenberger, a U.S. Airways pilot, who made a successful emergency water landing on the Hudson River in New York City, after a flock of geese hit the engine during take-off. (This story is the subject of a new movie starring Tom Hanks, as Sully.) A reporter interviewed Captain Sullenberger and asked, “How did you maintain your composure in the midst of this crisis when you had the lives of hundreds of passengers in your hands?” Sullenberger replied, “One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education, and training. And on January 15, 2009, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”
I am inspired by Sully’s words. What about you? When crises come to our door, I wonder if we will have a sufficient balance in the bank of our relationship with God that we can draw on in challenging times. The truth is that a lot of us procrastinate in our relationship with God: “Someday, I will read the Bible from cover to cover. Someday, I will be more disciplined in my prayer life.” But we wake up “someday” and a DECADE has gone by … or two! And, we never started the relationship with God that we said we wanted! What if Sully Sullenberger had procrastinated in his training? To be honest, sometimes I get “nudges,” to do something: write someone a text, send an email, call someone on the phone, pray for someone, and I ignore it. “I’ll do it later,” I think. But when I do that, I so often regret it! But when I act on that nudge, it so often brightens someone’s day! Be careful in procrastinating in our relationship with God or in acting on the nudges God gives us. We might miss the reason why we’re on the face of the Earth!
Have we procrastinated in our relationship with God? Or are we procrastinating in something that God wants us to do today?