Today’s opportunities erase yesterday’s failures. Gene Brown
To worry about tomorrow is to be unhappy today. Author Unknown
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Charles Dederich
If we spent more time in today, we would probably be more happy and joyful. Too much of our precious time is spent in yesterday or dreaming of tomorrow. It is nice to visit and reflect upon the past, and it is nice to contemplate the possibilities of what tomorrow may bring. Our success or lack of it, fulfillment, joy, satisfaction or whatever it is we seek from life occurs as a result of what we do or do not do with today’s possibilities; it is not to be found in the past, nor in the future.
The old adage that today is the first day of the rest of our lives tells us that our future is being determined by what we do today. More specifically, it is being determined by what do in the next minute, and the minute after that, and so on. The only place we can take decisive action and do things to affect our lives is in the present, it is today. It is too late to do it yesterday, that time has come and gone. We cannot do it tomorrow, until it gets here, then it becomes today, again. If it does not happen today, it is now too late again, because today has now become yesterday. Time and today comes and goes, leaving us idle and inactive. Now is the time; the only time we can take action. Today is the time to be the captains of our ships or the shapers of our own destinies.
It is a phenomenon that as we get older our sensitivity to the passage of time gets faster and faster. When we were school age, it took forever for a school year to come and go. As we get to middle age and older, the years pass by almost as fast as a speeding car. It is important to remember and to grasp that it is in the here and now that we are able to get things done. It is only the present moment we really control. Our goals, aspirations and desires, whatever we want to do must be addressed and pursued today, now. If we do not act, these things will never come to pass. We get caught up in the tomorrow and yesterday loop. Today comes and goes and nothing gets done. Act today, seize it and make the most of it.
Challenge: It is easy to reminisce about your past experiences or to daydream about the possibilities that lie ahead. Remember, nothing actually gets done either in the past, or in the future. Whatever is happening or is not happening in your life; is the result of what you do right now in this present moment. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Your today is very precious, use it wisely and carefully. Focus on today’s possibilities. Act now.
This is the day the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118.24
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:11
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
Each day we wake up to is a day of opportunity. Many of us are failing to see it this way. Our days can be blessings or they can be burdens. How we view them and how we respond to them is a function of what is inside us and what is inspiring us or not inspiring us. The Bible teaches us we should be good stewards of all the opportunities, talents, abilities and even the trials and tribulations that come our way. God is there to help us.
Prayer: Help me to wake up each day to your power and strength. Help me to use each day wisely.