As we grow older, we have to face reality. We are nearing the end of our tour of duty here. It has some very good features. It causes you to realize, and regret, that you have done pitifully little for the cause of Christ. And so, from that you determine that you'll go out doing the very best that you can to make up for that lack.
But you know, that is not good enough. If it were not for the grace of God, that would be unacceptable. I once worked as production manager for a manufacturer of infants and childrens wear. An extremely fast paced, high pressure environment with the prime problem, when I took the job, being that of filling and shipping orders in an acceptable time frame. I'm thankful that I was able to accomplish what the company President asked me to, but during that hustle and bustle, he made a statement that I'll never forget and prior to that, I had not looked at things exactly in that manner.
I was on the job at 6:00 A.M. every morning, and would have much preferred to leave by 4:00 or 5:00 P.M. but he said "No, never leave anything unshipped that you can possibly get out today. Because tomorrow, you must ship for tomorrow, not what you left from today." So I had to work to 9:30-10:00 P.M., but it got the job done! From the hard work of farming with mules, we always worked until dark. If we lacked some work that we had meant to do, we would try to "make it up tomorrow". But if we put in a good day today, we have no time to do the things we should have done yesterday.