WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE CONTENT WITH YOUR PRESENT CONDITION.
For R. Kelly it was Happy People. For Arrested Development it was Everyday People. At this point in my life I’m trying to be connected with some Tomorrow People. Tomorrow people are a very rare breed, but when you find them I encourage you to hang onto them. Let me explain. For the past five years, I have come to better understand the concept of having these people in my life. There is one particular day in the year where this is most evident. December 31st. Do you know what irked me the most about the last day of the year when I was in California? The fact that I get 5,000 text messages at 9:00 p.m. on December 31st saying, “Happy New Year!” Excuse me, I JUST got to church. It’s not time yet. A recent conversation with a friend of mine living in Japan helped me understand what I was missing. I spoke with him on a Saturday evening. During our conversation I asked him how his Saturday was going.
I’ll never forget what he said…”John, it’s already tomorrow over here.”
I got mad at him. Dude, it’s Saturday. My phone says Saturday, Saturday programming is on television, and I’m not at work. All that evidence points to the fact that it’s Saturday and nobody could tell me any different. Here was my problem.
I was experiencing an inability to look beyond my present condition.
And I had to nerve to get mad at somebody that was living in a dimension or realm outside of what I was accustomed. Have you ever experienced an inability to look beyond your present condition? Does all the evidence seem to suggest that there is not a future in sight? Find some tomorrow people! How does this look from a practical perspective? If you are single and desire a relationship, stop hanging around those “woe is me, I’ll never find a man/woman” folks. Stop hanging around people whose relationships look like revolving doors in front of a downtown skyscraper. Find some people who’ve had recent success with relationships. Don’t react like I reacted to my friend for already experiencing tomorrow. Don’t get mad at those people. Be happy they’ve found someone. Rejoice with them (See Romans 12:15). These people are your tomorrow folks. These are people who can look beyond your present circumstances and tell/show you that there is hope.
Get outside of your spiritual zip code and realize that your present residence is only temporary.
When my wife and I were engaged, our tomorrow folks were those who had succeeded at marriage. In fact, at the time our mentors had been married for over 15 years. They had two beautiful, well-mannered children and their relationship served as a model for us. Also, before we got married we sought out pre-marital counseling. I used to think counseling was for the birds. But there were things that came up in our sessions that helped us see beyond our now and look at potential future issues that may arise. As future potential church planters, we’ve had someone who was planting a church allow us to be actively involved in the process. This helped in two ways. It helped us realize issues that come up in the church planting context and it helped us to see potential mistakes we can avoid in the future. By participating in this church plant, we were literally being invited to see our tomorrow. I’m telling you, you need some tomorrow folks in your life.
Keep in mind that tomorrow moves from east to west.
The fact that someone else has already experienced it doesn’t mean that you are precluded from experiencing the same thing. God often saves the best for last (See Matthew 20:16). Don’t be discouraged by the spiritual “east coasters” in your life.
Throw up your W’s and be encouraged by the fact that: 1) tomorrow exists, since someone else is already experiencing it and 2) your tomorrow is on the horizon.
Our concept of time is not the same as God’s concept of time. You need to begin to realize that God operates the most in the dark times of your life. In fact, for Him the day moves from evening to morning (See Genesis 1:5). It is certainly true that the darkest hour is just before dawn. I want to tell you one way to navigate that dark hour and reach that new day: Find You Some Tomorrow People!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a [tomorrow] and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)