Today, like many other days, I got a phone call about a man who is younger than me, who died after a battle with an illness. Every time I hear about something like this, it makes me realize that my life is very short. It does not matter how long I live, in some ways it will seem as though it has been short. The reason I mention this today is that we need to make every day of our lives count for as much as it can. Don’t make huge plans for your future while ignoring the opportunities that are right in front of you. Don’t waste so much time in planning for things that may never happen that you forget to do the things that God has placed within your grasp today.
Job said it this way in the midst of his challenges: “Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hireling” (Job 7:1)? Job realized that all the “things” that you might count as so precious are really not that important when you come to the place of looking back on them. Job had enjoyed success, wealth, and a wonderful family. Now, as he lay with boils covering his body, he looked back on it all and realized that it had all been in the control of God all along. God gives each of us an “appointed time” on this earth. You and I have been given a precious gift from our Heavenly Father … the breath you are breathing right now. We have no guarantee of tomorrow … we have no promise of achieving the dreams we have in our minds today … we have no assurance that what we have done will carry on beyond us … but we do have today!
Don’t waste this day by looking too far into the future, or looking back at past failures. Jesus gave some great advice too … “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:37-38). Live today in such a way that you will not have regrets when you lay your head on your pillow. As Jesus encouraged us; don’t judge, or condemn; forgive quickly and completely; give when you have it to give and don’t be stingy. They way you act toward others is the way you will be treated. Make good use of the precious gift of this day. We may never be able to return to “fix” what we did wrong, or do the things we neglected. Don’t miss the opportunity to do what God put you on this earth to do today! Enjoy this day!
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Golden Rule