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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

Matthew 25:1-13

Spanish has given us the saying “mañana”. It means ‘tomorrow’, but as a saying it means, ‘an undetermined time in the future’. So mañana could mean tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or whenever.

It’s easy to procrastinate on things and think that there’s always more time. I can hold up my hand and confess that a few sermons have been finished late on Saturday evening (though never on Sunday morning!). We all kick the can down the road from time to time. But if we are not careful things can sneak up on us and we can find there is no time left. In the worst-case scenario we can let entire seasons of our lives slip past us because in our complacency we failed to act.

None of us want to live a life full of regrets. And so sometimes we need to turn mañana into today, to act boldly in the moment. It can be challenging, but like the wise young women in our story, it will mean that we are never caught unprepared.

Prayer: Living God, I am sorry for the times I have neglected things that are truly valuable or treated the days of my life as time to be frittered away. Help me to live my one wild and precious life in its fullest, embracing life in the moment with all it’s joys and challenges.

Action: What have you been putting off for mañana? Maybe today is the day to seize the bull by the horns.

This Thought was written by David Moodie