Today Is The Day!
TODAY IS THE DAY!
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118.24
The Bible is a “now” book. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” Paul wrote. (2 Corinthians 6:2) He also admonishes us to “redeem the time.” (Ephesians 5:16) Make the most of each day, of each opportunity. Today!
Someone once said, “One of the most dangerous days in a man’s life is when he discovers the word “tomorrow.” Tomorrow is one of the greatest labor-saving devices this world has ever known. We procrastinate and put things off until tomorrow; or we keep telling ourselves that things will be different, more opportune and better all-around tomorrow. We are looking for some special station to reach in the future. That station may be when you get that promotion, when you pay off all your bills, when your kids finish college, or when you retire. This constant looking for some station in life invades upon today. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living.”
Dale Carnegie, pioneer motivation guru, observed, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
Today is ours; tomorrow belongs to God; and yesterday is history. We often crucify ourselves between two thieves—the regret of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. We cannot afford to spend our time regretting the past or daydreaming about the future. Those who are ashamed of the past and afraid of the future don’t find the present too good either. If I live successfully today, tomorrow cannot terrorize me.
Some worry about tomorrow. Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
Jesus was simply saying: “Live one day at a time; live in day-tight compartments.” Some count too much on tomorrow. Solomon wrote, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1) We have no guarantee of tomorrow! Live today to its fullest; it’s really all you have.
Some boys were sitting around a table with their teacher and the teacher was asking, “What are you going to be?” They were giving the usual answers: doctors, lawyers, firemen, policemen, and teachers.” Finally, he came to a young man who was very quiet. “What are you going to be?” he asked. Very calmly, the young man replied, “I already am!”
The promises of God are good today. The joy of the Lord is obtainable today. God’s power is available not only yesterday, and tomorrow, and in eternity, but today. Live today! Act today! Do it now!
With brotherly affection – Andy