DON'T LET TOMORROW TAKE PLACE OF TODAY
13 Now listen,you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,we will live and do this or that.” James 4:3-5
We have all said it before, "I'll get to that tomorrow." We all fall into the situation that some times we just lose track of time and that tomorrow sometimes becomes next week. The conversations we said that we were going to have are pushed off because something else comes up and at the time seems more important. Then that one day may become a week, a month or even totally forgotten until the situation arises again. I am not saying that we are natural procrastinators, but what I am saying is that there are different levels of priorities that we have fashioned in our minds are more important in our minds than the other. I struggle with that myself, and I realize that there are times that I have to sit down and step into the things that I continue to push aside.
I remember watching a cartoon named Popeye growing up. And no, I never tried spinach out of a can to see if I would become super strong. But, I do remember a character on the show named Wimpy who LOVED hamburgers. He famous saying was, "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." It did not matter which day of the week it would be, but it meant that during the time of depression in our country, Wimpy represented the fact that we could not pay for what we needed today, but had to push it off in hopes of having the ability to pay some time in the future. Now, I am not saying we are in the time of depression, but that we too step into that saying by tricking ourselves to say, I will gladly do that tomorrow if
I can just get through today. See our situation is not the Great Depression but the chaos that is in our lives. We continue to build things up on our schedules, even during a pandemic, because that is how much we have created this type of lifestyle. Even when we don't have things to do, we create things so that we can fill the chaos to feel normal. As a multi-tasking workaholic, I understand. I do. Trust me, sometimes it feels as if we create enough on our schedule that we can feel wanted or needed for a longer time... it gives us purpose instead of allowing us to slow down, finish the task at hand and find rest.
See, we need to step into the importance of today. We need to realize that God has given us only 24 hours to grasp the day that is at hand. And we have to start looking at ways to really see how we can glorify God to the fullest. We need to take the time to invite God into the day and allow Him to help us discern through the power of the Holy Spirit the tasks or conversations that we need to have. Sometimes, those are the things that may make us feel the most uncomfortable. Look at James today, James is saying exactly what we say. We ay tomorrow I will go and do this or go and deal with that situation. Tomorrow is a word that many of us take for granted. We just throw it around as if we are in control of our day. James says that we should realize that we have no understanding of tomorrow. Our lives are but a "MIST" that appears for a little while and then vanishes. We are here for just a short amount of time in the larger scheme of things that we must realize the importance of each day. See James reminds us that we have to invite God into the story when he says, "Instead we should say, if it is the Lord's will we will live and do this or that." We must continue recognize the importance of today.
So our challenge for today is to do just that one thing. Recognize the importance of today. 24 hours...1,440 minutes...86,400 seconds and with each second that goes by, we realize that it is one less opportunity we have to reconcile a relationship, spend time breathing and centering our hearts and minds with God, making a decision that needs to be made, or walking into a new relationship that may change your life or theirs. I know that this is not going to be easy, but one thing that we have learned from this time of pandemic is how precious time and connection really is in the grand scheme of life. Some of the things that
were at the top of our priority lists are not as much of a priority, but the things we seemed to try and put off tomorrow are now staring us in the face. Don't let tomorrow take the place of today. Don't allow the moment to pass and then look back and realize all of the things that we may have missed because we were not ready or willing to step into the moment. As I have said a lot of times, it may not be comfortable at first, but sometimes it is in the uncomfortable situations that we find our strength and our foothold to step into the next day.