My friend, may I ask you a question? Are we able to responsibly put more value on our time, today, than we should be putting on someone else’s “tomorrow” that is looking to our time, our talents and efforts today to make their tomorrow possible?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
What weighs more; today or tomorrow? That might seem like a nonsense statement, but let me explain. Here’s the key to understanding the question: “It depends on whose today it is and whose tomorrow.” If it’s your “today” and someone else’s “tomorrow”, it could be that tomorrow is more important than today. And, when your “today” impacts someone else’s “tomorrow”, the importance is even more critical.
Sometimes, as Christians, we need to make this crucial distinction. Are we able to responsibly put more value on our time, today, than we should be putting on someone else’s “tomorrow” that is looking to our time, our talents and efforts today to make their tomorrow possible?
Here’s a story from Sylvia Engen: It had been a hard week at the Long Term Care Center. Staff was getting ill and we struggled to meet the needs of our residents. “The phone is for you again,” I heard, as I reached for my coat late that day. “It’s the Laundry; they want you to pick up those drapery pieces and scraps you’ve been giving to your friend who makes quilts for the homeless?” “Not today,” I muttered. “Monday would work as well as Friday.” I buttoned my coat and was about to leave, when a feeling of guilt overwhelmed me. I went and picked up the scraps. Later I knocked at Annie’s door with boxes in hand. “You’ve come! God has answered my prayer!” Exclaimed Annie after she had opened the door. “I told God today that I would have to quit sewing quilts for the needy if I didn’t get more material.” Annie’s face beamed with a smile of gratitude. “God used you to answer my prayer!” I stood in awe as I realized how God did use me to answer Annie’s prayer. (Adapted--Sylvia Engen)
Sometimes, when we’re busy, it’s hard to wait on God’s leading and prompting. When we do, we may be withholding good from those who deserve it when it’s within our power to wait on our needs today, for the sake of someone else’s tomorrow. Today take stock of the things that make you impatient when dealing with the needs of others. Then, decide to take some of your valuable “today” time and leverage it against someone else’s “tomorrow.” needs. You may find that focusing on someone else’s tomorrow brings even greater value to your today!
We pray. Lord, I come before you today knowing that all power is in your hand. I know that you are the Lord and that you care for your people. Right now, others are struggling with difficult trials. I can see their strength is faltering, Lord, and know that you have all of the strength that they need. I pray that you will reach down and touch them right now. Let your presence fill them and let them feel an extra portion of your strength that can help them to get through their day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.guideposts.org/faith-and-prayer/prayer-stories/persistent-prayer/prayer-for-strength-for-a-friend–adalpted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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