Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90: 12
In this world, that’s about all the time we have for certain.
Consider this for a moment: During our time here in this world, will we have tomorrow? Maybe. But, maybe not.
Will we have at least one more hour from now? Maybe. But, then, maybe not.
One more minute from now? You get the point.
Can we go back and redo a few things from yesterday? Oh, if only wishing made it so.
None of us are promised one moment beyond now.
Yet we spend an awful lot of our time wishing we could do some things from yesterday differently, or worrying about tomorrow, when “now” is really all we ever have. Whatever is in the books from yesterday—is in the books. There is nothing we can do to change it now.
And the future is just that—the future. The future is something we will never be in—because when we’re in the future, you guessed it—it will no longer be the future, but instead another “now” moment we have been given.
So what we do with each of the “now” moments we are given seems to be pretty important. “Now” is the one area in the spectrum of time we are given where we can have an impact.
As my friend remembered the story, a friend of his in Birmingham, Alabama was driving home from the office one day, when he got caught in an unexpected traffic slow-down. Sitting there in the car, he realized after a short while in the stop-and-go traffic, that he would be late for the plans which he and his bride had made for the evening.
Always one to see something positive in every situation—unlike some other folks we all know—that man saw that traffic jam, not as an inconvenience, but as a chance to catch up with some family and friends. And so in the next hour—while stuck in traffic—he spoke with his bride, his two married daughters now living out-of-town, and then his son in college. He spoke with a friend he hadn’t connected with in some time, and his pastor who needed a bit of encouragement.
A few minutes after his last phone call, he suffered a fatal heart attack while still sitting in his car—and still stuck in the traffic jam.
Yet in the last hour of his life he left some unforgettable memories in the lives of those he loved; all as a result of his view of that traffic jam, which most would have viewed as a forgettable annoyance.
What will you and I do with our “now”? Spend too much time thinking about how we can change the things of yesterday? Continue to carry regrets and anger over things which happened to us in times that are now forever gone? Wonder and worry about what may happen tomorrow? Complain about the “traffic jams” of our lives? None of that would be anything but a waste of the time we have left today, and for any time we may receive in the rest of our tomorrows.
“Now” is what we’ve been given, whether spending it with our family or friends, at the office or at home. “Now” is ours, whether at a ball game or in a traffic jam. What will be the memories we leave with each “now” we are given?
Yesterday was Sunday, May 19, 2019. I challenge you to try to erase anything which occurred during that day.
Today is Monday, May 20, 2019. A “now” moment of twenty-four hours, no more, no less. In the midst of the “traffic jams” which you may find yourself in, look for the opportunities they present to impact the lives of others around you. Live your “now” of today, as though it is the only Monday, May 20, 2019 you will be given, because you know what—it is.
Tomorrow is Tuesday, May 21, 2019. It’s just that—tomorrow.
Let it be full of promise but realize that it is not yours to try to control or to worry or wonder about.
If tomorrow comes, trust God with all that the day will contain, the promise of relationships, the abilities and lives which He has entrusted to your care, as well as the hopes and dreams He has placed within your heart, and live it fully as another “now” moment.
After all of that, trust God with your eternity—always.
In His Name–Scott
Our elder granddaughter Hannah was beyond consolation. Mother’s Day was coming to an end and in the busyness of the day she had forgotten, until now at the end of the day, to give her Mimi the card she had worked so hard to prepare. As Lynda took into her hand the one-of-a-kind original card from her Hannah, she read the words— “I U Mimi”
The 3rd habit Stephen Covey laid out was to “Put First Things First.” It emphasized the need for the discipline and commitment to distinguish between the “important” things of life, and those that are simply “urgent” or “not important.” And to set our priorities in life based upon what is important, the “true north,” or as Jesus would say on the eternal things and people, not the worldly or temporary things of life.
As the pilot navigated toward the center of the island he banked the helicopter hard to the left and kept it banked for a few moments, and pointed for us to look down through an opening to deep beneath the surface of the island, past the gray and black crust of hardened lava we could see on the surface. And what we saw, deep down beneath that gray outer crust—was beautiful red flowing lava.