Devotional for Wednesday December 2nd

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.” Proverbs 27:1 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Live in the moment; celebrate now”
 
Recently I had a helpful meeting with a couple of friends. They were helping me think through some difficult issues I’ve been wrestling with lately. One of those difficult issues is one that all pastors are dealing with right now – the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on the church and what it’s going to take to rebuild the church once the pandemic is over. I’ve been spending a lot of time and emotional energy on that one in recent months – to the point of being preoccupied with it and weighed down by it.
 
One of my friends pointed out that although this is a subject that I do need to be concerned about and planning for, it’s also true that there are still too many unknowns and variables which make it difficult to do much planning or preparation right now. He suggested it would do me a lot of good to focus a little less on the future and a little more on the now. He specifically recommended that I look for the many small victories in each day and focus on celebrating them.
 
And of course, he was right. Living in the moment is a concept I’ve long strived to practice in my life. It’s an important life-principle that helps us to stay focused on and appreciate what’s before us at the moment, rather than on the unknowns of an uncertain future. If we look for it, we will see that there is a lot to celebrate and to be thankful for in the present. We don’t even know if there will be a tomorrow for us. Life is fragile and there’s a thin line between life and death.
 
This is the truth Solomon was teaching in Proverbs 27:1. Live in the moment. More than 1000 years later the New Testament writer James expanded on that thought when he wrote: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are like a vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” James 4:13-14
 
If we allow it too, uncertainty about the future can steal our joy in the present. There’s plenty to focus on and to celebrate right now – and we should. Live in the moment; celebrate now.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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