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Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go… we will stay… we will do…"But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist.You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So instead you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that."

James 4:13-17

[New Century Version]

Most folks in the 21st century live by their daily, monthly, and yearly planners. I admit that even before my new calendar goes up on the wall each January, I have already penciled in plans as far out as October!

We funny little humans seem to schedule ourselves into oblivion, running from one thing to the next. Yet, we rarely stop to think about the fact that all of our best-laid plans could come screeching to a halt in a blink of an eye. Sadly, when those roadblocks eventually do appear on our pathway, we tend to respond with irritation or even anger; some of us grow despondent and throw a pity party for ourselves when things do not turn out the way we have planned, while others of us simply try to push through it as though nothing can stop us.

The thing is if we're honest with ourselves, we really have very little control over our lives. It's great to make plans and keep schedules, but it is equally important to remember, as we fill in those calendars, that when it really boils down to it, today - this moment - is all that we've been guaranteed. What happens tomorrow is not ours to control. That is why it is imperative that we take our plans, our dreams, our hopes, our agendas and our calendars and lay them in the hands of the One who does know what tomorrow will bring.

Entrusting our moments, our days, and our years to His care, frees us up to begin living again in the here and now; it restores a sense of wonder and renews an attitude of gratefulness for the things that we so often take for granted.

Things like:

  • Eyes that provide us the privilege of watching God paint a sunset in yellows and pinks and oranges
  • Ears that allow our spirits to be stirred by the beauty of a violin concerto
  • Limbs that can move and dance
  • Food in our cupboards and an appetite and taste-buds to enjoy every morsel


It also helps us appreciate all the more -

  • the Heavenly Father's patient, inexhaustible love
  • the Savior's selfless example and precious gift of redemption
  • the Spirit's constant guidance, comfort, creativity and conviction
  • the hope of eternity when this life is through
  • Help me, Lord, to live in the moment of each new day and find something for which I can be thankful!
Walking With God
"I’ve got you Covered"
 

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