Is today the day?

 


In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (God’s Word)

 

“Each day is a new canvas to paint upon.  Make sure your

  picture is full of life and happiness, and at the end of the

  day you don’t look at it and wish you had painted something

  different. (Anon)

 

 

          A joke circulating around college campuses relates a response to the query: ‘If you had only one hour to live, where you like would to spend it?’ The answer was: ‘ If I only had an hour to spend, I would choose to use it in Dr. ____’s class.’  ‘Oh!  I imagine he/she would delighted to hear that. But, why?’  The punch line was: ‘because the time in there goes so s-l-o-w-l-y!’  However in reality most of us find our time passing too quickly, but we do not often stop to examine how we are spending our time and why we are using it like we do.

 

          A popular news columnist envisioned what the world would be like if everyone suddenly knew there was only twenty-four hours left to live.  He speculated that the telephone circuits would be overwhelmed with desperate people calling family and friends to say: ‘I love you!’ or “Please forgive me!’

 

          We seldom question whether this day may be our last.  The majority of us think that we have many years left and then we will ‘fade into the sunset’.  However, if we did keep our limited lifespan in mind and considered each day as a gift and one special to live to the utmost, would we treat it as just ‘another day’?  How might our days be different if upon wakening we said, “Good morning, God” rather than “Good God, it’s morning”?  How might our words and actions during the pending day be different?

 

          How should we show our appreciation for God’s gift

of each new day?  How best can we reach out with acts of kindness and caring, not to demonstrate our goodness but rather as examples of His love working through us?  Maybe our lives and those of others would change if we ceased repeating the ever-present adage, ‘Have a good day’ but rather joined the Psalmist   in declaring: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. (Psalm 118:24)

 

 

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand –new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have

 the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.”

  ( Tchich Nhat Hahn)

 

 

PRAYER:  Gracious God, enhance my desire to reach out 

                     to others who may be in my path today.                            

                     Help me to share Your all-encompassing love

                     with them, just as You have revealed Your love

                     to me.  Amen