these days, we tend to look so much at our future that we overlook what the Lord sets before us today.
the other day i was speaking to a friend who “one day wants to inspire others” in her field. she was saying as long as that was what she ended up doing, she’d be satisfied with her career. i simply said to her “if you inspire someone today, you’ll inspire someone forever.” i truly felt the Lord had used me to speak to her, as she was stunned by the simple yet profound concept.
isn’t this true for all we do?
* fulfill your purpose today, and you’ll fulfill it forever.
* do His will today, and you’ll do it forever
* do [you fill in the blank] today and you’ll do “it” forever.
live for today, until tomorrow becomes today, then do it all over again!
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
one time when I was describing myself I said, “I am a rule follower to a ‘default’.” as quickly as it was coming out of my mouth, I corrected myself and proceeded with ‘fault’.
but that got me thinking… is it so bad to default to following the rules?
Webster defines default as “a selection automatically used [by a computer program] in the absence of a choice made by the user.” I’m not saying we are computers but what a concept: to automatically default to positive characteristics. what if our defaults were set on the Fruit of the Spirit? our every moment would look so different.
what are your defaults set at?
But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23a NCV)
some people are goal setters. they can look to the future and know exactly where they want to be and they fix their eyes on the prize until they get there. this … is not me. I live for today! this is not to say I don’t think or even press on for the future, but I’m not pressing toward any one thing but whatever it is He has for me! and ultimately, my residence in Heaven.
it’s not a secret that I live for the everyday moments. (the title of this blog gives that away) but the Bible encourages us to. God gives us enough for today and doesn’t promise tomorrow for anyone. so live today! encouraged that He gives us what we need, when we need it! and enjoy whatever this day holds (the good, the bad and the ugly)
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
how do you get through each day? I’ll tell you this, to look at what is asked of us on a daily basis, it’s a wonder some of us even make it through the morning. but here’s my secret … it’s not up to me! seriously, all I need to do is give my day to Him! He promises to be with me and help me with whatever the day holds.
my prayer: there is nothing in this day You and I cannot handle, please help me to stay focused on You and not what comes my way!
instead of letting our circumstances control us, know the One who will help in any situation, we just need to ask!
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalms 37:5 NLT
do you have days when you don’t want to move? paralyzed by anything really… exhaustion, sickness, fear, depression or anticipation. just squashed by life itself …
days like these I have to search for something to jump start my day, a defibrillator for my soul. the best place to find a nugget to hold on to is in scripture. sure we can self-talk, self-help or self-motivate but why? all we need to be armed with are His promises, everything else will disappoint.
Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psalms 55:22 NLT)
do you ever get in a rut? questioning how you got here or if things will ever change? or, the opposite, is life happening so fast you are hard pressed to keep up, wondering how you’ll even make it through the day? in times like these we must remember we have a constant: God’s love! it never fails! His love will never be finished! He is Available. He is Comfort. He is the Answer! God is Love. call out to Him!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NLT)
there are so many different ideas of the word sacrifice out there. from what we give to others, to what we deprive ourselves from. mom’s and how they give until they can’t give anymore. spouses who support at all costs. teachers for their students, employers for their employees. wealthy for the unwealthy, less fortunate for the even less fortunate. whether it’s time or money, to give sacrificially isn’t easy.
someone once told me, “it’s only a sacrifice if it hurts.” this statement certainly makes sense when you take a look around our world today. many give only to expect something in return (like a return on their investment or recognition) and most are giving from their plenty not understanding what it is to give even when there isn’t much to give. whether your commodity is time or money, the bible calls us to give even when you think you have nothing left. to give our all for Him and His purposes!
please hear me, I’m not saying good isn’t being done by those giving out of their plenty, the Lord knows their hearts and the good being done! but what I am saying is our lives could be that much more richer if we learned to give as the widow did! giving out of need not out of plenty.
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:44 NIV)
I try to govern my life by the Fruit of the Spirit. what I mean by that is I strive to rid my life of anything but Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. if frustration or anger or confusion or anything of the like arise in me, I know it’s not of God. this allows me to look at the current issue causing the disarray and dismiss it knowing it does not even deserve my time or energy! it’s not until I can look at what’s going on with His eyes that I can truly deal with it in a productive manner.
God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. (Galatians 5:22, 23 CEV)
I’m A Lover Not A Fighter
a couple years ago I was gifted with what is the nicest television I’ve ever had. unfortunately, it didn’t work. after watching a few YouTube videos and armed with my toolbox, I was confident I was going to be able to fix it. but alas, a TV repair woman I am not! after taking off the first layer, I quickly decided this was a job better left for a professional.
this is not unlike spiritual gifts. we are all given different ones with purpose. don’t claim to be able to do one thing and neglect what you were really made to do!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:6a NIV)
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. (Proverbs 25:14 NIV)
I’ve never been convinced that making New Year resolutions is a good thing. I get the concept, of course, but they almost always end with feelings of failure because we didn’t follow through to the extent we thought or even at all.
2014 was quite possibly one of the biggest years of growth for me. I didn’t start the year saying I was even going to make the changes where they took place. what I did do, was give each day to the Lord. allowing Him to move and grow me where He saw fit. the result, a better me and no sense of failure. instead of making a yearly resolution, make it a daily one! success will surely follow!
Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 AMP)