Daily Devotional 6/30/17 “What if …”

What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have? What if you called your spouse, your parents or siblings and they didn’t answer because their mouth closed to never open again, would you be satisfied with the way you left things? What if the doctor told you tomorrow was your last day alive, would you regret the way you’ve lived? What if you had a chance to open up the door to yesterday, would you do it? What if you could turn back the hands of time, would you? I ask these questions to prick something within you because you need to get it through that thick skull of yours this one thing that is for sure … time does not stand still. Keep walking around withholding the apology you know you should give. Keep on with the attitude of they won’t talk to me, I won’t talk to them. Keep ignoring the texts and the calls. Keep saying you’ll go tomorrow. Keep saying you’ll forgive eventually. Oh and that “they are dead to me,” will be true one day and it will rock you to your core. Because you are aware the dead can’t accept your apology right? You do understand that crying over the casket means nothing, don’t you? You do realize that you can’t forgive a tombstone, right? Then stop holding grudges, they’ll cause you to lose access to grace. Stop harboring hate before it becomes a habit you can’t break.

Forgive as if your life depends on it. Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Live as if tomorrow will never come. Matthew 24:36, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” And love as if it is the only cure. 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”” – James 4:13-15

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