READ:  Ecclesiastics 3: 1-8

          “This is the day that my Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

          I recall as a young lad wishing days away as they often seemed to be barriers to some special event in the future.  I would cross of the days on the calendar and count down the days before the projected “grand happening”.  However, I consistently found that reality seldom equaled my expectations.  When the special day arrived, there was a sense of let down, a feeling of disappointment!  But yet I was prone to repeat the same scenario over again and each time feel the tinge of disillusionment when the special day did finally arrive. 

          As I matured, I have become increasingly aware that my days are numbered and are not to be wished or frittered away.  I have discovered that which the Lord declared to Jeremiah was equally true for me, “for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you and plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29: 11 (NIV)

          Consequently, I am becoming more focused on today rather than the promises of tomorrow and I attempt to keep in mind that yesterday is gone and its events cannot be changed and tomorrow might never come for me;  so today is all I really have.  My daily petition has become, “Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today and guide me in using this day You have given me.” Amen