TODAY IS THE DAY
While preparing for company recently I realized what nice guest towels we own. Our personal towels have a couple of decades on them, are truly worn out, but they have been with us so long I must be attached to them.
We received a truly delicious homemade treat for a Christmas gift. We saved it for a really special time. It got overlooked in the fridge and you guessed it, it ended up in the trash.
Jesus told us very clearly, you have today, right now!
James 4:13 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that”. (ESV)
I was reminded of this truth again this week when two teenagers from our area were suddenly taken from this earth in a tragic accident.
When the Lord lays someone on our heart, we can stop and pray for them, we can reach out to them in a phone call, perhaps we need to lay aside our plan for the day and have them over.
I was so blessed to have a retired pastor and his wife come into our congregation for a few years before they passed away. They had the most charming way of making me (and I’m sure everyone else) feel so special. When I stopped by, they stopped what they were doing. They were genuinely interested in what was going on in my life. They were the first to thank God for the small everyday blessings that are easy to overlook. They were so content with what God had provided for them. Their example of “living” each day spoke volumes to me.
In the days of the Exodus God taught His people to receive what they needed on a daily basis from His hand with thanksgiving. May we learn to receive with thanksgiving God’s daily provision without being presumptive about tomorrow.
P.S. I am going to take out the pitcher and bowl I bought on vacation in October 2007 (still wrapped in tissue paper) and put on the dining room table.