Living for Today

In His great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Recently I found myself fretting way too much about that nebulous thing called “tomorrow.”  The home-going of my beloved wife, with whom I had some specific dreams and plans about “tomorrow,” especially triggered what could rightly be called an “obsession” brewing in my heart.  I found myself impatiently pleading and praying and demanding of God, “But God, what’s the new plan for ‘tomorrow’?”

One morning in my quiet time, God humbled me.  He helped me realize the sin of my obsession and I sensed Him giving me a specific four-word message: “Right here!  Right now!”  As I reflected on this message, I came to realize that way too much of my energy was being spent grieving backward and fretting forward – that I needed to live brightly and vibrantly in the present – “Right here!  Right now!”

It’s a pit we all can fall into – to focus upon the regrets and perceived failures of the past and the uncertainties and doubts about the future such that we no longer savor the present and make the most of each day and opportunity God gives us.  God wants us to live TODAY – right here, right now – fulfilling His purpose, for His glory.  Tomorrow, as Jesus reminds us, will worry about itself.

by Bob Page, Senior Pastor