My wife is planning ahead. She is taking the time to plant seeds, water the plants, and prepare for a bountiful harvest later this summer.
Do we have tilled soil now? No.
Do we have red, ripe tomatoes now? Of course not.
Do we enjoy fresh produce on our table in March? I wish.
The point isn’t that we have it now. The point is that we are preparing for the future.
I’m working on losing 1/2 pound a week to prepare for my future. I want to be fit, not because it serves me right this minute but because I will reap the benefits for years to come.
My body will enjoy the benefits of the change but it will take time. What I eat today prepares me for what I will be later.
How I move this morning will result in a change down the road.
We do things today and sometimes we enjoy the benefits immediately. But more often than not, our actions today are preparing us for the future.
Some day this summer I’ll pick a red, ripe tomato from the vine. But that day will never come if we don’t tend the garden today.