Daily Devotional – 10/2/17 “What about today?”

We all know that God has a plan and purpose for our life and when we think of this, we often times think of the future. But did you know God has purpose for our lives today? I know you’re busy working on your business plans for next year but what are you doing about today? Yes, your vision board, for tomorrow, looks good but what is your vision for today? I know you are busy picking out colors for the wedding, for when you meet your spouse, but what are you doing today to prepare? Yeah, you are making preparations for destiny but what are you doing today to get there? We all have dreams of what we hope our lives will look like next year or even five to ten years from now but what are you doing in the meantime? Please understand, I am in no way saying you shouldn’t be preparing for the next phase of life but what about today? Sometimes, I just believe, we can get so caught up in planning for tomorrow that we miss the blessing of today’s purpose. It could be to help that neighbor that’s in need, to pray for a church member, to go and feed the homeless and it could be to speak to the mess that’s in your home. It can possibly be, just take a moment and breathe. However, if you are too focused on tomorrow, you may just miss it. This is why the bible says in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Oh but if we commit our work to God and trust Him, our plans will already be established. Meaning the favor over our lives, today, will balance out the labor of our plans for tomorrow. This doesn’t mean you will not have work to do but it’s simply stating, it will not be as hard as you think. When we commit our work to God, He has the ability to place our names in the mouths of folk we haven’t even met. And those folk will be the ones who will have just what you need tomorrow, for the plan you will write today. Don’t miss it focusing on the future when today is staring you in the face. James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” All I’m saying is, don’t miss the purpose of today focusing on the promotion of tomorrow.

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