I find myself constantly living for, and looking to tomorrow. So much so, that I forget to live my life today. I had a young cousin, he was an aspiring musical artist. Days before his tragic passing, he posted a photo on Facebook with a caption that read:
“FUTURE is PROMISING but tomorrow’s not PROMISED.”
It has been three years and this quote, the events, have not left my mind. One would think that I would have learned a lesson from a life gone so soon… No matter how promising or bleak the future may seem, tomorrow is not promised is this not the Word?
Yet, I find myself in this place, living life as though I have all the time in the world. I tell myself, tomorrow I will do this, tomorrow I will achieve that, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow… But, what about today? My today’s have been chock full of preparations for tomorrow. “Sorry, I don’t have time.” “I apologize, I’m busy.” Excuse after excuse for why I am not living today. “I’ll slow down one day,” I assure my loved ones, like when I’m old and forced to stop.
Except, age, that scary beast, is starting to catch up with me! Do you remember when you were young and you could eat whatever you wanted, without consequence? I suppose I have reached the age where I have to watch what I eat – genetics don’t care about body type, at least this is what I read. No more slacking off, back to working out.
Psalms 118:24 KJV “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
As we live each day, we are called to glory in it, be glad in it! I cannot allow myself to continue to be so busy, preparing for tomorrow that I forget to rejoice in today! There are so many wonderful people and things that I encounter each day. I would hate to see precious moments with my children and family pass me by. I don’t want to continue to miss moments with my friends. I have allowed myself to stop smelling the roses, and I love flowers! How could I forget how much I love flowers and the scent of the rain? And, when did I stop looking for the mountain each day?
But, most of all, I pray that I never forget to give glory to God, the Creator of all things. He made us for Himself, to give Him thanks. Sometimes, I forget, in the bad times, in the busy times – to thank Him for even those times! Each day is an opportunity. Each day is a fresh start. Each day is a chance to give Him thanks, not because of what I want Him to do, but because of who He is and because of what He has already done.
For me, it’s time to slow down. Am I really this busy? Or, do I really have to be this busy? It’s time to live for today. Tomorrow isn’t promised anyway.
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