Tomorrow. We utter the word probably more than we do yesterday or today. Tomorrow gives us justification. Tomorrow gives us hope. Tomorrow is our excuse for not doing it today.
We like to tell ourselves, “I will quit tomorrow. I will start tomorrow. I will do better, tomorrow.”
The reality of life is – tomorrow never comes. The Bible tells us in Psalm 90:12, ” Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
It is a prayer we should request every day. Our lives are now…not tomorrow.
Some of us profess to develop a better relationship with God – tomorrow. We talk about forgiving – tomorrow; studying scripture – tomorrow; spending time with our children, our spouse, our parents, our friends – tomorrow. And so the years pass.
Isaiah 40:7-8 tells us, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.”
I cannot open the newspaper or click on the internet and not see a tragedy: automobile accidents, plane crashes, natural disasters, and war. Life is but a fleeting moment – like grass and flowers – life withers and falls. What a brief moment we have here on earth; yet, we do not live as though it were.
The reality is our days are numbered. We tend to ignore the true value of time. Many of you know the quote, “Never put off today what you can do tomorrow.” It has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde. No matter who said it, the words hold true today. Time haunts us all. We look back at yesterday with longing and with regret. We make vows for the future to change, to do it differently.
Start today. Make today the day you have a closer relationship with God. Make today the day you spend more time with your family. Make today the day you adapt a healthier lifestyle; you start your degree; you change careers; you _____________________ (fill in the blank).
With God, our past failures, our sins, our brokenness are gone. With God, today is fresh and new, and our future is in His Hands.