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How Are You Preparing for the Future?

gymSince moving back to Oklahoma, it’s been fun to watch my son learning the game of basketball and playing on his school team. He is seeing the level of effort it takes to gain mastery at something, but he’s doing great in the process.

What has struck me repeatedly in watching the home games though is the memory of my own team in high school. Sure, I remember playing certain games or tournaments or going out to pizza after a game, but the one that keeps hitting me is how me and my teammates spent quite a few hours pulling nails out of boards.

Why we were doing that? Because when we were building our gym, we didn’t have enough money for a new hardwood floor so we somehow got the floor of another gym that was replacing theirs. The full story eludes me right now, but there were a whole lot of planks with a whole lot of nails.

We had to get the old nails out so it could be put down and refinished so we could eventually play on it. I think it hits me because I was sowing into my future and didn’t even know it. My son as well as many other students and previous classes all get to enjoy a beautifully restored floor.

Not only that, many more into the future will also get the joy while probably never knowing the group of people who helped put it together. Obviously, it took more than a floor and so many people gave of themselves, but I got to play a part in this small way.

Not that I thought a lot about it at the time. It was more about me and my team getting to play on it, and it was also that our coach told us to do it. That was enough for me.

I know it’s good to plan for the future, to strategize and contemplate and work. We should and need to do it, but you can’t plan for everything and you don’t even need to.

Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. –1 Timothy 6:18-19

Every act of obedience lays a foundation for the future, maybe for you and maybe for others. You don’t even have to know what it will produce. You simply have to do it.

What are your thoughts? Does it give you hope? Have you experienced this principle?


  1. No question obedience or lack of it plays into our future. Paul was right when he said we reap what we sow. There are consequences to our actions. I like the idea, Jason, of building a floor for future generations to use.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..ClarityMy Profile

    • And I just marvel because even though I wasn’t necessarily concerned with the future, it impacted and helped future people. Makes me want to obey Him in the simplest and smallest things! We just don’t know what it will lead to. Thanks Bill.

  2. Yes, I have experienced this principle. What stands out to me is the idea that we won’t always know how what we’re doing will impact the future, and we don’t always NEED to know. As with Abraham, our focus is on immediate and total obedience to what God asks of us, even if He doesn’t tell us where we are going or when we’ll get there. His asking, like your coach’s asking, is enough.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Words MatterMy Profile

    • So true. I wouldn’t have even thought about the impact of it except that God brought it back up to make a point to me. I barely remembered doing it until it all came rushing back. Yes, His asking is enough. I want to live THAT kind of life. Thank you, Kari.

  3. I’d have pulled all the nails in the world if it meant getting to play basketball! Good point, all things done with integrity and honor pay dividends to those that follow behind us. May we also be mindful of the ones that paved the way for us. Excellent thoughts, Jason.

    • It’s incredible to think of all those nameless people who contributed to our lives today. They more than likely had no idea what their impact would be, but their obedience and sacrifice set us up! Thank God for them! And thank you, Floyd. 🙂

  4. The only thought I had after finishing this was that I wish I knew then what I knew now about the future and how hard it would be. Perhaps I would have strove a little harder to succeed.
    Ed recently posted..God of Love, God of JusticeMy Profile

    • That’s true. There are things we can help along by keeping focused on the right things and on Him. At least we have today to make up for whatever we missed yesterday. It’s a gift for sure. Thanks Ed.

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