William Wallace of Braveheart fame is quoted as saying, “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”
He was right. People seem to go one of two wrong directions. First, they live in the past – tied to the good-ole-days which in reality were not all that good, or to the mistakes and failures of yesterday. Second, they live in the future – wishing their lives away, dreaming of what might be somewhere over the rainbow where skies are blue.
Of course, there is a place for remembering just as there is a place for dreaming. But to live in the past or the future is foolish according to the Bible. Instead, we are admonished to live today!
One reason is that today is all we have. Yesterday is a canceled-check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Only today is legal tender. In light of that we must handle it carefully and spend it wisely.
And then today is all that we can manage. We must live life on the installment plan because we can only manage one day at a time. Some try to live yesterday and today at the same time. Others seek to live today and tomorrow at the same time. The results are always disastrous. We must live one day at a time because that is all we were designed to handle.
Finally, today is all we need. How do you live the Christian life? One day at a time. God’s will for my life is to serve Him today. You see, it’s what you do with today that counts. So live for Jesus today. Obey Him today. This is the day the Lord has made. Today is God’s gift to you. So rejoice and be glad in it!
Pastor Todd Weston