Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Enjoy This Day"

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34
We live such fast paced lives. We are already thinking about and planning toward tomorrow or next week before we even start this day. Our lives are lived in the future, not the present. Sure there are demands on us that we have to meet that keep us busy with tomorrow so that we can't enjoy today. But this needs to change. 
When was the last time you just enjoyed "this day"? When was the last time that you did not allow yourself to be preoccupied with tomorrow and just take time to make the most of today? When was the last time, like the old saying goes, that you just stopped to "smell the roses"? When was the last time that you just sit down with your child and read a book? Or how long has it been since you sit outside in the evening and looked up at the stars? How long has it been since you put aside time to just take notice of all that God has given you today?
There is a danger of living too fast a life and thinking about the future instead of taking time to enjoy today. The danger is that we can get so preoccupied with the busyness and what we have to do tomorrow, or a week from now, or a month from now, that we don't take quiet time alone with the Lord each day. Daniel was a very busy man. He had the responsibility of governing under kings. Yet, three times a day he stopped what he was doing and went to God in prayer. He went to Him to seek His counsel, to honor Him, to acknowledge Him, to praise Him. For most of us this is a foreign idea, we do good if we get a quick prayer in while rushing out the door in the morning. This needs to change. 
Not only do we need to slow down and enjoy this day, we need to stop and enjoy communion with our Savior everyday. This is why so many are struggling, not knowing what to do or which way to go. We are taking thought of tomorrow, we are taking thought of all we have to do, we are taking thought of the future, but we are not taking thought of the Lord. 
Have a great day. Are you so consumed with tomorrow that you aren't enjoying today or the God who made this day? 
For further reading:
Daniel 6:10,13
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