Sunday, October 18, 2015

Finding Joy in Today

Do you ever worry about tomorrow? 

Do you get anxious about something that's happening next week or next month or even in the next moment?

And let's not even talk about procrastination. In the words of Scarlett O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

I've been doing this Bible study called Planted: Sit, Stand and Walk With Jesus, by Annie Pajcic, and today's verses were all about this thing called "Today."

While I read the verses and answered the questions, I got thinking about this thing called "Tomorrow."

Psalm 118:24 says that today (this is the day) is the day that the Lord has made and we ought to be glad that it is here--no, we should REJOICE!

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34 not to worry about this thing called tomorrow because "that thing" will worry about itself, and each day has enough trouble of its own.

And it hit me, as I was writing about this thing called "Today" that today is really all we ever have. Tomorrow actually never comes. We talk about it, but the next day ends up being today, and there is always another tomorrow on the horizon.

In this life, we can only live in the present, and the present is always called Today. So to worry about tomorrow is really quite futile. In a way, we're worrying about something that will never come (sidenote: The majority of things we worry about actually never happen).

Similarly, berating ourselves about the past is equally futile because we cannot undo it (unless it is something that involves righting a wrong---today!). Yesterday is gone and we still only have today.

Then I looked at Proverbs 16:9 which says that we plan "our course" (which is tomorrow), but today the Lord guides our steps. So our tomorrow is constantly changing.

Even if our planned course is five minutes from now it is still, in a way, tomorrow because it is not now. And anything that is not now is always subject to change.


So while it is still called Today, I encourage you, as we are instructed in Hebrews 3:13 

so that none of us will be hardened by sin's it has been said, 

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion (Heb 3:15)

Today really is all we have. Ever. Tomorrow will never come. Yesterday is gone. Today...right now. So if there is nothing to worry about right now, don't give in to worry for a time that is yet to exist. Don't waste your time.

Plan your course, but let God lead the way while it is still called Today.

And if you need to right a wrong, please...pray about doing it now, while it is still called Today. I'll be praying along with you that the Lord will guide your steps, soften hearts--including your own--and lead you to reconciliation.

While you're enjoying today, I hope you enjoy this song by Stephen Curtis Chapman, "Still Called Today."

Blessings Along the Path

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