Living Today, Today

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A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – December 5, 2019

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

Most people today, in our fast-paced society, seem to be under great stress. We face stress from many areas of our life – stress from work, school, home, and our friends. A man once told me that he was upset because he knew he had a promotion coming in three months and he didn’t know how he would perform at his new job. Every morning when he would get up, he would think of his upcoming new responsibilities and would be tense for the remainder of the day.

A lady also shared that she had a class reunion she was to attend, but because of her weight, she was concerned how her old friends would react to her. In fact, she was so concerned that she was sick daily from the stress she had placed on herself.

These two illustrations both have one main common characteristic. That is, both persons are actually living in the future instead of the present. If we would concern ourselves with today, not yesterday and not tomorrow, but today, much of our stress and many of our problems would disappear.

If your problem is overeating, then decide not to overeat today – not yesterday. Yesterday’s gone. Not tomorrow – tomorrow is not here yet. Just don’t overeat today. If you have a temper and argue with your family, then decide not to argue today – just today. One day is much easier to deal with.

If we try living our tomorrows before they get here, we can miss today completely. The Bible tells us, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” We can’t live yesterday today and we can’t live today tomorrow. We can only live today, today.

Let me suggest this. Each day when you wake up, take just five minutes and do this:

1) Thank God for the day He created for you.
2) List your goals and obligations for that one specific day.
3) Ask God to give you wisdom and understanding and to guide your steps through that day.

God created each day for you and me. He wants today to be a good day. He wants us to be healthy, emotionally sound, prosperous, and seeking Him and His will today.

 

 

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