An ancient wise man asserted that “to everything – a season, and a time for activities under the sun. I am in complete agreement with him. Every facet of our life has its own defined time for receiving attention, we give some portion of our time to our bodies through the agency of baths, we offer rest to the whole body by sleeping. Every activity surrounding our life has its own apportioned time.
The apportioning of times could be deliberate or a forced fate upon us but one thing is sure, time will always make his demands either today or tomorrow.
The quote from this ancient sage transcend generations, a time to pay the price, a time to enjoy the return on your investment, a time to be awake and a time be gone in sleep, a time to sow (invest) and a time to harvest, a time to make decision and a time to live in the decisions made.
Like a coin tossed upward, there are always two outcomes, you either have a head or a tail, it is either success or failure, on or off, left or right, up or down, there are no middle grounds, there is nothing like average. I see average as a subtle way of failing, average is failure in disguise, mediocrity is the same as no success, it create a sense of complacency and smugness, average individuals tend to be satisfied with the average class, almost all the average folks I know never tried to cross the mark of being average but chose to remain there.
There is no straddling of the fence, it is either you are successful or a failure, there is nothing like an almost successful person or vice versa.
For you reading this article, there are two time dependent choices you must choose from, PAY and PLAY, you can only chose one at a time since you cannot effectively serve two masters. Your success at whatever you are doing and what you want to become is dependent on the price you are willing to pay and the pleasures you are willing to defer. It is very important for everyone who desires to be successful to create a clear cut distinction between playing and paying, an ace basketball player held the title of world number one player because he paid the price of spending more hours on the basket court more than any other player. He was better because he paid higher.
John C. Maxwell said “there are two paths people can take, they can either play now and pay later or pay now and play later, regardless of the choice, one thing is certain, life will demand a payment”. Payment is compulsory, everyone at some point must pay all outstanding debts, it has nothing to do with your willingness, you must pay. The payment can come in the form of regrets, lamentations, deplorable standard of life, unfulfilled assignments etc.
You can postpone paying now but life would always make demands, why don’t you pay now while life is not demanding so much, why are you sleeping when there is a whole lot of work to be done, why are your arms still folded when the enemy is already at your gate, are your defense up already? Why are you busy dinning when you are to be working out you destiny and future? The luxury you are enjoying now, can it be sustained forever? The time spent on the web and social network, do they contribute to the fulfillment of your purpose and destiny? Do you think you can command the supernatural with this life of prayerlessness?
Every serious minded, success craze, and purpose driven individual is dedicated to becoming better every day, to purpose fulfillment, to becoming successful. To these individuals, success is not optional, it is mandatorily compulsory, they are willing to pay all the price no matter the cost.
Dearly beloved, endeavor to pay the price of studying, the price for knowledge and information, the price of praying, the price of waiting on the Lord, the price of discipleship, the price of growing, the price of sowing, the price of soul winning, the price of consistency and diligence, the price of follower-ship.
Become devoted to becoming successful, work hard, and resist the temptation of early and transient gratification. I recommend you painstakingly make all payment now so that you can play later, life’s demands later may be too high for you to pay.