Apr 20, 2013

saturday med.itations: We Live Today

Fortunately, we have to live only today. That is all God expects. This is all the time allotted to us. Many people are so occupied with yesterday and tomorrow they don’t have time for today. For them today’s plan are thwarted, because their eyes are focused on yesterday or tomorrow. One old epigram has it that “we spent days bring happy nights and gland tomorrows.” If we live today as we should there will be no yesterdays to regret or repair and we won’t have to worry about tomorrow.

Confident religion bids us to forget the past. Too often brooding over what is gone breeds discouragement. Because we did not altogether utilize yesterday when it was today we tend to be unhappy with it. Paul knew he had no need to worry over the past. So he said, “Forgetting those things which are behind, . . . I press forward” (Philippians 3:13).

Someone is sure to ask, “Shouldn’t we plan for the future?” The answer is, “Yes, indeed!” The best way to do that is to do our best today. If we squander time and put off for tomorrow today’s duties then today will be a disaster, tomorrow still worse, and discouragement will follow us all our days.

The Secret
I met God in the morning
When my day was at its best,
And His presence came like sunrise,
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long the Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we sailed with perfect calmness
O’er a very troubled sea.

So I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way:
You must seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day!”
-Ralph Spalding Cushman

source: Show Me Thy Ways

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