THIS IS THE DAY

“This is the day that the Lord has made ; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24.

I often repeat this verse before I arise in the morning.  (I am not an early riser and I have to motivate myself to get up.)  Really, today is the only day that we have.  God does not promise us any tomorrows.

I heard about a lady who upon wakening says:  “Reporting for duty, Lord!”  She recognizes that the day is a gift from God and that we need to use the time in a way that honors Him. It is a good thing to spend time in the Bible and in conversation with God as soon as we rise.  We need to get His “orders” for our time each day.

We should be aware of each day and the use of our time.  We don’t know if we will have a tomorrow.  Yet, we try to borrow from the future.  Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”.  We can only live for Jesus today. Worrying about tomorrow steals the joy from today.

The disciples’ prayer in Matthew 6:11 tells us,”give us this day our daily bread”.  We have trouble living each day with no worrying about tomorrow.  Jesus knows about our tomorrow and He has that all under control.  Our responsibility is to trust Him for every need in our tomorrows.

I like this song by Marijohn Wilkins/Kris Kristofferson: ONE DAY AT A TIME

I’m only human, I’m just a man         Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am

Show me the stairway I have to climb          Lord for my sake, help me to take

One day at a time.

One day at a time, sweet Jesus                   That’s all I’m asking of you

Just give me the strength   To do every day what I have to do.

Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus   And tomorrow may never be mine

Lord, help me today, show me the way,    One day at a time.