Living Hope

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you." ~1 Peter 1:3-4

Today is a Gift

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

~Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

As the sun sets, so do our yesterdays. Each day offers a new painting of brilliant colors in the Lord!

God does not want you to be concerned about yesterday or tomorrow.  His concern is how you will live out today.  Yesterday is gone and there is nothing you can do to get it back.  You have no idea what tomorrow holds, so don’t waste time worrying about it.  The only day you can do anything about is today.  What will you do to live it out for God?  How will you become a stronger Christian?  Will someone see Jesus in you?  Is there unfinished business you need to finish?  Below is an inspirational message about the challenge to live for today!

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry.
Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders, Its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow.
With its possible adversities, Its burdens,
Its large promise and poor performance.
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow’s Sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.
This just leaves only one day . . . Today.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternity’s -
yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.
It is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday
and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Let us therefore live but one day at a time.

~ Author Unknown ~
(Possible author Jennifer Kritsch)

My challenge to you is to stop living in your yesterdays.  Stop looking into all your tomorrows.  It’s time to live for today.  God has given you a new sunrise this morning with brilliant colors and a fresh breath to take in Him.  You have a clean slate today.  What will you do to paint a beautiful picture in your life for the Lord today?

Challenge: Read Matthew 6:25-34

Memory Verse: Romans 5:5-8

Dear Father God, I think it becomes way too easy to get lost in yesterday’s mistakes and all too familiar to look forward to what tomorrow may bring.  I choose to live for today.  I want my life to make a difference for You today!  Help me to live daily in Your presence and daily according to Your Word.  Thank You for one more day!

Thank You for the gift of a new day,
Sarah

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4 Comments on “Today is a Gift”

  1. galen Yoder says:

    Thank you Sarah, that is exactly what I needed to hear today. The Lord has been working in my life and I tend to worry about the things I can’t control. My only choice is to seek God and follow His will.

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    • Sarah says:

      Hi Galen,

      It’s always good to hear from you. I’m so glad to hear that God has met you right where you are at. May you continue to focus on today, not tomorrow and not yesterday. May God continue to show you what His will is for you! Keep seeking Him. He will not fail you!

      In His Grip of Grace,
      Sarah

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  2. AnnaMarie says:

    One day as I was sitting in my Church fellowship hall, my Pastor walked in and came up to me and said…” Anna, God gives us a fresh cup of grace each morning, each day is new.” He may of said more, but thats what I remember. He said that back in 2006 to me. I will never forget it. This also, I will never forget! thanks for sharing. It is very much needed

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    • Sarah says:

      I love what your Pastor said to you. It’s so true! God continues to give us a fresh cup of grace each day. We don’t have to live on yesterday’s grace! It’s such a beautiful picture. I love knowing that God’s mercies are new every day. He will continue to bring a fresh perspective, if we keep our eyes focused in on Him.

      “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” ~Lamentations 3:22-24

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