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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Make Today Take Care of Tomorrow

Tomorrow has lots of worries. The student worries about the test tomorrow. The home owner worries about tomorrow's mortgage. The mother worries about her child's field trip for tomorrow. For some reason tomorrow is the preferred reason to worry. 

How many tomorrows would be different if we took action for those things today? How many students would do better on their tests if they studied today? How many home owners would make the mortgage payment if they adjusted their other spending today? While it is impossible to say that we will always do the right thing today even when we are trying, it is safe to say that most of our tomorrows would be improved if we took the proper action today.

As children we were told, "Never put off tomorrow what you can do today." This is good advice. Here is another one, "Never borrow for tomorrow if you can pay for it today." 

You can't make your yesterdays any different. You can regret them but you can't change them. You can make your tomorrows different by changing what you do today. 

I have heard of so many people who claim they have the potential to be great writers, great athletes, great speakers, great what-evers but they never did anything about it. They all have excuses why they didn't go to school, didn't get the training, didn't write, didn't work out, or  didn't practice. I suppose they dreamed that one day they would find a magic lamp with a genie who would grant them all their wishes.

This is why the Bible says that today is the day of salvation. You don't know what tomorrow will bring. Prepare for tomorrow by doing what is right today. Come to the Lord while He can be found.

Do what is right today and let your tomorrows take care of themselves. What does the Bible call it when you know what you should do but fail to do so?

James 4:14-17 (NIV)
14  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.15  Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."16  As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.
17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.


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