Thomasville Times Enterprise

Faith & values

June 28, 2014

Today is the place for building life

THOMASVILLE — I just returned from my 45th high school reunion.  It was great to see classmates and share stories from years gone by.  All year we have been communicating on Facebook, by email, telephone calls and text messaging — making plans for the big event.  It was not a fancy reunion but a simple BBQ dinner, dancing to the oldies, and catching up on four plus decades of life.  There was no fee to attend but those who could donate time or money or skills did so to provide opportunity for all to attend.  A variety of occupations were represented from a state senator, retired business men and women, disabled veterans, retired teachers and librarians, ministers, fitness experts,  and those of us still waiting  to retire and spend more time at the beach!  

Ten of the ladies met for breakfast on Saturday morning to share children and grandchildren stories.  As I sat around the breakfast table waiting on my Cracker Barrel delicacies, I discovered the secret to our long standing friendships.  As high school students we had learned the importance of living in the present.  Our schooldays were centered on “today” not yesterday or tomorrow.  Every day was another story filled with love, laughter, friendship and hope.  The fabric of our lasting community was woven in the security of the present.  When the school bell rang we had eight hours to leave behind our alcoholic parents, the death of a sibling, the poverty of a rural west Alabama and the criticism of others close to us.  We cocooned in the “environment of the present” and chose to live for today.  On Saturday morning most of us confessed we had no idea how difficult life outside the classroom really had been for the majority of the class of 1969.  But we could confess to long standing friendships of love and commitment because they had been built in the grace of the present.

The scripture admonishes all of us to live for today. In Exodus 14:13 NKJV we find Moses admonishing the children of Israel. “And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever”.   Today brings God’s perspective on our enemies.

In Hebrews 3:13 NKJV we are challenged, “but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”  Today brings God’s perspective on being free from temptation and sin.

In Matthew 6:30 NKJV we are counseled, “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Today brings God’s perspective on using our faith instead of living in worry and anxiety.

In Matthew 16:3 NKJV we are corrected, “and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times?”  Today brings God’s perspective on the importance of spiritual discernment and kingdom awareness in our lives.

In Luke 19:5 NKJV we are comforted, “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Today brings God’s perspective on our immediate salvation and healed relationship through Jesus Christ.

In Hebrews 13:8 NKJV we receive the eternal truth, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”.   Today brings God’s perspective of an eternal, unchanging, never wavering, never abandoning God.

They are over 150 references in the Bible to “Today”.  I tell myself that nothing new can ever be built on yesterday for it is already occupied. I tell myself that nothing new can ever be built on tomorrow for it is not in my possession yet.  I tell myself to live in the blessing, comfort, wisdom and counsel of today for that’s where God is! Please join me in the race we are to run today.  Let yesterday be buried and let tomorrow be an expect ion of hope. Today is the place for building life!

 

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