When our daughter was a very little girl she had a terrible time understanding the difference between today and tomorrow. We couldn’t even talk about yesterday.
For example –
We’d say, “We’re going to do __________ tomorrow.”
Daughter reacted with great enthusiasm.
The next morning she’d get up and ask, “Is it tomorrow?” (Who knew this was a hard question.)
We’d reply, “No, it’s today.”
She’d say, “But I want it to be tomorrow so we can do __________.”
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We would quickly tell our disappointed girl, “Honey, we are going to do that.”
And of course our sweet girl would say, “But it’s not tomorrow.”
Kiddos aren’t the only ones who have trouble with today and tomorrow.
You and I can worry about tomorrow. Wait for tomorrow. Procrastinate until tomorrow. Start over tomorrow. But we can only live today.
You can worry about tomorrow –
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~Charles Spurgeon
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
“If and When were planted, and Nothing grew.” ~ Proverb
You can wait for tomorrow –
Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. – John Ortberg
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
“Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company… You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope.” ~John Piper
You can procrastinate until tomorrow –
“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week” ~a Spanish Proverb
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Proverbs 3:27–28
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” ~Abraham Lincoln
You can start over tomorrow –
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12:1–2a
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” ~L.M.Montgomery
But you can only live today –
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“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ~Martin Luther
Help each other. Speak day after day to each other while it is still today so your heart will not become hard by being fooled by sin. Hebrews 3:13
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~Henri Nouwen
Celebrate today. Live it with confidence that it is covered by grace. Hope for tomorrow, but don’t wait . . . follow where the Lord leads you filled with the blessings only He can give.
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