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August 27, 2010

The Day After Yesterday

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

The day after yesterday!  Is that the same as the day before tomorrow?  Is today the tomorrow I worried about yesterday?  Am I getting too philosophical?

I do have a point about today being the day after yesterday . . . and today being the day before tomorrow.  I am trying to focus on a single day.  Today!  No matter what day of the week today is, no matter the weather today, no matter where I am today, no matter the use of my time today, and no matter what comes into my life today, I have only today to live.

Too many times I have looked back at the yesterdays with both joy and regret.  There are so many days I would like to relive — either to make some corrections or relive the joys.  Too many times I have looked forward to tomorrow with both concerns and joyful expectations.  However, I want to believe I have reached a place in my life that I am rejoicing in today — whatever it brings!

Perhaps it is the aging process more than maturing, but I do realize more and more the urgency and uniqueness of today.  I have written in this area several times and have listed those blogs at the conclusion.  If you have not read them or do not remember them, it could be helpful reading.

What is today?  We first define it by time.  One day in our life gives us 24 hours or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds.  There are no more or no less hours, minutes, or seconds in a day.  That is the time allotted to me.  There are choices I make on how I will use this time.  Of course, I often find my plans for that time to get interrupted.  Something comes into my time period that I have not planned.  Thus, I have to make adjustments.

As best as I desire to control the use of my time today, I may face those alterations.  I cannot always totally control the time, but I will control my reaction to such interruptions.  Besides, I have learned by experience that some of those alterations brought more positive use of my time than I could have imagined!  Rather than feed on frustration, I must seek to learn the value of such changes in the use of my time.

When I contemplate time, I have to consider eternity and God.  Do you realize that with God all eternity is like one day? (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”  2 Peter 3:8)  God sees all earthly time at one time.  He views the first day of creation to the consummation of the world at one time.  There is no time factor with God!  This means that in eternity there is no time.  It is a continuous moment!  We will simply live and live and live . . . and never measure it by time!  Imagine such joy!

But until that day, my earthly life will be measured by time — one day at a time!  And today . . . it is my time to live.  It is all I am promised.  I must use it wisely.  I must expect and find joy and fulfillment from this one day.  And I can!  I will experience a radiant inward joy because of God’s gift of time to me this day. 

Today is the day I expected would be mine as I lived yesterday.  Today is the day I live expecting tomorrow!  I will have  a tomorrow.  If I am alive on this earth, I will have another day. If I do not have another earthly day, tomorrow will be eternity and in that tomorrow, there will be no measure of time. 

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”  (Proverbs 27:1)  “”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.'”  (James 4:13-15)

Lawson

Blogs to click:  Fourth Quarter of Life, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/01/19; Season of Life, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/03/16What I Want When I Grow Old, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/06/14Tempus Fugit, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/07/17Embrace the Moment, www.lawsonjolly.com/2010/08/05.

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