THE GIFT OF TODAY
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God will all your heart and will all your soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
— Deuteronomy 10:12-13
At the great unveiling, there will be other emotions beside joy. There will be grief and shock and self-reproach and disillusionment. But it need not be so for you and me if we will but use the information we have at hand, if we will but take advantage of the opportunities that lie beside our pathway and the promises that jut like uncut diamonds from the Sacred Scripture.
Yesterday may have been marked by shameful failure, prayerlessness, backsliding. Today all that can be changed and tomorrow — if there is for us an earthly tomorrow — can be filled with purity and power and radiant, fruitful service.
The big thing is to be sure we are not lulled to sleep by a false hope, that we do not waste our time dreaming about days that are not to be ours. The main thing is to make today serve us by getting ready for any possible tomorrow.
Then whether we live or die, whether we toil on in the shadow or rise to meet the returning Christ, all will be well.
The past we cannot relive. Today we can offer to God and by his enablement spend it with eternal values in view. Todays well spent contribute to a radiant tomorrow!
Father, todays I receive from You. May I use the remaining ones for Your glory!