Your Time's Coming
By Steve Arterburn*
Bob ran the family’s automobile repair shop. His wife, Betty, kept the books and answered the phone. She didn’t really enjoy numbers, but until they could afford to hire help, she didn’t have a choice. “Don’t you worry, sweet pea. Your time’s coming,” Bob promised. “Once the shop starts making money, I’ll help you follow your dream of becoming a writer.”
But as the years passed, there was always something. The rent on the garage went up, business was slow when times were hard, or the hydraulic lift gave out. Betty’s hopes faded with each day she sat behind the desk.
When Bob had to take on an evening job stocking groceries, Betty offered to find a nightshift cashier’s job. “No way,” Bob said. “You keep working on your stories. Your time’s coming. I promise.” Maybe Betty’s words would never see print, but Bob’s continual reassurance spurred her on.
Twenty years later, Betty’s stories filled stacks of yellow tablets, and their repair shop had a steady clientele. One evening Bob presented Betty with a beautifully wrapped package. “Open it, sweet pea.” Betty lifted a brand new laptop out of the box. “Can we afford this?”
Bob pointed to an envelope. “Read the card.”
She cleared her throat: “If I were good at stories, I’d tell the world what a wonderful woman you are. Since I’m not, I’m firing you. I want you to show them yourself. Your time has come.”
Sometimes we find it easier to keep the promises we make to our bosses, our neighbors, or the credit card companies than the ones we make to the most important people in our lives. Remember all the promises you have made to your spouse, and do your best to make sure that a promise deferred is not a promise denied.
Today’s Thought based on James 2:18
“Love is a desire to understand the other person’s needs and a willingness to give energy from your life for that person’s highest fulfillment.” —Jim and Sally Conway, Traits of a Lasting Marriage
He Reads: Proverbs 25:11
She Reads: Proverbs 12:25
"We can all too easily take each other for granted, Lord. Remind us of the promises we have made to one another and help us fulfill them. Amen."
* Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the # 1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show “New Life Live” heard and watched by millions on over 180 radio stations nationwide in addition to Sirius XM Satellite radio and now seen on television on the Family Net and NRB networks. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 4,000,000 people. He also serves as a teaching pastor at Heartland Church in Indianapolis.