Some days I get up and I’ll admit, I’m thinking big picture wondering what God wants me to do with however many years I have left?
But most of the time, I just want to get through today.
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Rejoice, be glad, and live today.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
If only I could do that consistently.
I worry about the mess I made yesterday and the possibilities of tomorrow even though Jesus said…
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Matthew 6:34a
Did you know the verse before is the what we should do instead of worrying? And it’s my verse of the year…
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
Seek God’s will for today and live!
Why is that so much harder to do than it is to say? Because I’m prone to second-guessing yesterday and fretting about tomorrow.
I want to do better.
I want to seek God’s will and live today.
That’s it! So, I’m fleshing it out and getting specific.
When You Need to Know God’s Will for Today
I need to start with the following…
1. Let go of yesterday!
♥ Ask God to forgive my sins, failures, mistakes, and messes of the past.
♥ Forgive the people whose sins, failures, mistakes, and messes have hurt me.
I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13
On my own, whew, it’s hard to let go of yesterday … but with God’s help, I can do His will even when it’s hard.
2. Don’t worry about tomorrow!
I know worry robs me of today’s peace and joy, and truthfully it doesn’t improve tomorrow at all! I can’t live today well if I’m fretting about tomorrow.
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ~ Roy T. Bennet
Okay – being free of guilt and worry is a great start… what else does God want for my day – today?
But what does that mean? How do I make that more than just words?
♥ Heart – I will make God my heart’s desire.
♥ Soul – I will trust God and surrender my will (attitudes and intentions), my emotions, my thoughts and feelings, and my body to the truth of His Word.
♥ Mind – I will use my knowledge, my reason, and intellect to know God better each day.
♥ Strength – I will honor God with my abilities, my resources, my service, and the way I love the people around me.
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Mark 12:30
Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27b
I believe God wants us to serve Him right where we are. That doesn’t me we can’t pursue new goals or move toward new opportunities.
You and I should simply do what He has given us to do. Be the best spouse, parent, child, coworker, neighbor, and citizen we can be. We’re not called to “do it all.” We’re called to do our best and love the people in front of us.
For me, that often has more to do with my attitude than my actions; so, I need to remember…
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
And do it…
5. All with an Eternal Perspective
I believe keeping an eternal perspective is the hardest part because everything else is right in front of us.
The messes I need to confess and forgive, the problems I worry about, the challenges that keep me from loving and serving well, and … well, you get the idea.
Life is hard!
Which is why you and I need an eternal perspective.
Most of the hard things of life lose their power when I ask myself a few important questions:
Will this matter ten years from now?
Will I even remember next year?
What is God’s view of today’s trouble? How does He want to use this in my life?
What do I need to do to live this moment for God’s glory?
It’s funny my attitude changes when I turn my focus from the problem to the problem Solver – to God Himself.
Two verses keep running through my heart and my head.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5–6
Whatever this day brings, good, bad, or somewhere in between, I don’t have to face it alone. God invites you and me to trust Him, to turn to Him, to ask, seek, and knock. He knows the way.
He is the way. He is eternal, the First and Last … the beginning and the end. And He’s given us a glimpse of His eternal plan so we can live today with His eternal perspective.
You and I can live today without guilt – when we know we are forgiven; without resentment – when we forgive; without worry – when we trust God’s promises for the future; with love – when we focus on the love He gives us to share with others.
It’s just a better way to live.
Today is a new day. A beautiful gift. It holds 24 hours of opportunities, choices, and attitudes. God has given us everything we need to live it for Him. It is precious and full of hope and promise.
I want to make today the best day possible; after all, it’s a one of a kind opportunity. 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 breath receiving seconds.
I want to live it for God and for His glory!
I want to…
Love God and His people, all of them.
Know God and make Him known.
Trust Him, seek His will, and follow where He leads.
So, with His help, I will…
1. Repent and forgive.
2. Don’t worry.
3. Love God.
4. Love my people.
5. Keep an eternal perspective.
That’s it! God’s will for today!
What do you think? What is God’s will for living one day at a time?
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