Devotional for Thursday December 3rd

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Celebrating is good for us”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Today may be all you have so enjoy it.”
 
This morning I want to continue our thought from yesterday about living in the moment, and celebrating the good things and the little victories that make up each day.
 
I once read a story about a man whose wife died suddenly and unexpectedly. Weeks after the funeral he was sorting through her things and he came across a fancy box that was still in the store bag. He opened it to find an attractive and expensive piece of clothing his wife had purchased and had been saving to wear for him on a special occasion. That special occasion never arrived and the special outfit was never worn. With that realization, a wave of sadness and loss and regret washed over him.
 
Far too many of us are waiting for some distant tomorrow before we do this or that; or before we celebrate some special occasion; or before we go to some special place, etc. But tomorrow may never come. Don’t keep putting off special things for another time if you could do them now.
 
I don’t mean to suggest that we should impulsively do everything today and never put anything off for another time. We celebrate birthdays on the person’s birthday. We plan vacations in advance and then we wait to go until the appropriate date arrives. We retire when we’re eligible to retire and until then we work. Also, learning the discipline of delayed gratification is a good thing.
 
However, it really is true that, “Yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow is but a hope; today is all we really have”. The Psalmist said “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
 
Yes, the Lord made all of our yesterdays. And, if there are going to be any tomorrows for us, then He will be the Creator and Lord of those days too. But today is what we have right now. So, let’s be glad; let’s rejoice; and let’s enjoy it.
  
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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