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Living for today

Matthew 6:34 NKJV — “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV — See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

These truths took me many years to learn.

Worry was as common in my day as eating meals.

My mind seemed to constantly jump ahead, into next week or next month, or even next year, trying to make sure I would be prepared for all that might come.

I remember reading this verse in Matthew and trying to figure out how to apply it.

How do I redeem the time if I’m not looking ahead to tomorrow?

How do I know God’s will?

How should I prepare for…?

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

I had “I” sight problems.

My focus was on myself, my expectation was to do all that was required myself.

It was only through learning to let go of my abilities and cling to the Lord that I learned to be free from worry.

Jesus taught me how to redeem the time: give it to Him.

Although there are seasons I forget this lesson and return to the old way of trying to “do it myself”, which never works.

The Lord is so gracious and calls me back to this place of trust and surrender.

Now, I can see how much I wasted in those days of living in the future, those days filled with worry.

Because now that I trust God for each day, I can see so many blessings.

I can honestly live for today.

Because today is all I have.

Why waste it worrying about tomorrow?

As long as I am living unto the Lord Jesus, obedient to His Word, diligent in His will, there’s nothing to worry about.

I can do the task at hand with joy, because He has given it to me and I’m living for today.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your patience with me. I know it has taken me so many years to learn how to trust You and not to worry. Lord, I know that sometimes I slide backwards, into old habits and old ways. Lord, please guard my heart from that and let me be aware of the temptation to return to the things which Rob me of Your joy. Lord Jesus, You alone are able to see what my day will hold and I want to hear from You for today. Lord, please speak clearly to my heart that I might rest in Your ways. Lord, please give me strength, wisdom and understanding for the tasks at hand. For I know my Redeemer lives and I want to live for You in today. Thank You. Amen.

Honor all people

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. I Peter 2:17 NKJV

It was as if these words knocked me down.

I’d been praying for hours.

Wrestling with circumstances which I simply couldn’t find the answer to.

Not even sure how God would want me to pray.

I went to the scripture.

This is the answer.

“Honor all people.” 1 Peter 2:17a

To be honoring to all people requires a purposeful attitude.

It begins in the heart, where our attitudes towards others become our actions.

Because actions will always follow our attitudes.

“Love the brotherhood.” 1 Peter 2:17b

How sad that we don’t do this automatically.

Yet, as followers of Christ we don’t always see things the same and it can cause friction, pain, and loss.

Each of us is commanded to love each other, no matter the differences.

“Fear God.” 1 Peter 2:17c

This is the key to unlocking it all.

If we don’t fear God nothing we try to do will be effective.

It is only through our personal relationship daily with God Almighty which gives us the ability to walk in honoring others, loving the brethren, and honoring authority.

Through God alone do we find all that we lack.

He supplies our needs, heals our hearts, forgives our sins, and loves us unconditionally.

Out of this relationship we are then able to love each other, honor people, and authority.

“Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17d

Nope, it’s not always easy to honor those in leadership.

But we honor and fear God when we honor the authority He has placed over us.

Yes, history is riddled with those who have clearly called what is evil good.

One can easily point to history where the authority was not fearing God nor honoring people and some action had to take place.

Yet, as an individual, my heart found so much peace in returning to this verse.

I can’t change many things which I find troubling.

But I can choose to follow Jesus.

I can honor my local, State, and Federal government by doing my best to abide by the laws, to pray for them, and to be edifying with my speech.

I can love fellow Christ followers by praying for the body, reaching out to those God puts on my heart, and continually teaching our children about walking daily with Him.

I can and do fear God. His Word is my answer, my comfort, my guide. His will I seek daily, spending time with Him in quiet. As I hear His direction I choose to respond with obedience and love. All this I do because His love is so compelling!

Lastly, I can honor all people.

Because that’s what God has asked me to do.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this verse and how it has brought clarity to my heart and mind. Lord, You know there is such unrest, hurt, and pain happening. I feel so sad when I see people so afraid and struggling. Thank You for saving us from all this. Thank You that we have hope in You. Lord Jesus, please help us to be people of integrity, honor, and love. Help us to reflect Your Word and Your will. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of You! Amen.

Answering the tough questions

It was obvious something was on her mind.

So, instead of just ignoring it and going to bed, I asked what was wrong.

It took a little bit of conversation to uncover the issue.

“Mom, I just can’t deal with the possibility of you dieing. Not again, not right now.– Mom, I need you too much.”

Words can’t express the emotion we both were feeling at this juncture.

“Honey, you have to let go of me and cling to the Lord.”

“Mom, are we going to make it?”

This isn’t the kind of question you handle flippantly.

Because anyone who has lost a loved one knows, you are never the same after the loss.

Of course my heart hurts for my daughter.

Of all the things which have been difficult during this illness, watching my family watch me struggle has hurt most.

But God is so good!

He already had an answer ready for this really tough question.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. But God has all of our days in His hands. None of us knows when our last day is, but we can trust God. We can do the task at hand and worship and praise Him, for every day is a gift from God.”

“I want you to remember that heaven is a real place. And it’s incredible!”

Our conversation continued a short while longer, but it was obvious the question had been answered.

Sure, we will probably need to chat again, covering the same ground.

But that’s true for all of us.

No one is immune to fear, doubt, or worry.

But Jesus and His Holy Word are the cure.

I praise God for tough questions.

They give me the opportunity to pour into the lives of our children.

And I was blessed to be able to remind our daughter of something I’ve said many times.

“I don’t like the fact that you and your siblings have to walk through this with me and I know it must be scary and hard. I can’t help but think that God has a plan for this. He is going to use it in your life. Somehow He will use it, maybe to prepare you for the future He has for you.”

The same is true for all of us.

Whatever we are going through God can use it.

He can use it for His good in the lives of others.

Isaiah 61:3 NKJV — To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

I don’t know what may occur.

But I want to bring glory to the Lord Jesus.

May He be glorified!