We have a saying at our house, “Be kind to your future self.” Usually we are referring to some sort of household chore. Perhaps there are clothes in the dryer and we don’t feel like hanging them up right now. We might say, “Be kind to your future self.” This means if we hang the clothes now, we won’t have to hang them later on (and remove the wrinkles after sitting in the dryer). Or maybe there are dirty dishes in the sink, but we are really tired and just want to go to bed. If we are kind to our future selves and wash the dishes after dinner, we won’t have to worry about them the following day.
This bit of advice could also help improve many other areas of our lives. Our health for instance. If we get up and exercise, instead of making excuses, we are being kind to our future selves. Or if we cut back on eating sweets, we are being kind to our future selves. Learning to drink plenty of water each day, is something my husband and I have been doing, and this is also being kind to our future selves.
Another area where this might be helpful is in our goals and dreams. I am sure you have heard the saying, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” What is one step you can take today to get closer to accomplishing your dreams and goals? Sign up for a class. Start writing that book. Work on designs for your portfolio. This is being kind to your future self.
It would also be helpful to remember this principle in our spiritual lives. Being kind to your future self might mean spending time with God every day, reading the Bible, and praying. Or perhaps it could mean reading a Christian living book, listening to a good sermon, or even going to church. With any step we take in our spiritual lives to draw closer to God, we are sowing a seed, and it will always produce fruit.
The Bible says that we will reap what we sow. And being kind to your future self falls in line with this principle. If we sow good seeds, we will reap good rewards. If we sow bad seeds, we will be lacking when harvest time comes.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6
What can you do today to be kind to your future self?