Today is the tomorrow you were looking forward to yesterday

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “For I know the plans I have for you – this is the Lord’s declaration – plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Today is the tomorrow you were looking forward to yesterday.”
 
Not long ago a friend posted an insightful and thought-provoking statement on her Facebook page. She said, “I am currently right in the middle of what I used to look forward to.” As I considered that statement several things occurred to me. First, whatever it was she was experiencing in her life when she wrote that, it was something she had been looking forward to and now it was in happening. But beyond that, she was aware of and appreciative of the fact that it was happening. Evidently, she wasn’t taking it for granted.
 
Many people spend their lives looking forward to something but once it happens, rather than savoring it, their thoughts quickly turn instead to the next thing they’re looking forward to. The adolescent longs to be a teenager because he thinks being a teenager will be cool. But then the rebellious teenager longs to be a high school graduate so he can break free from the authority of his parents. The high school graduate longs to be a college graduate so he can be done with school and have a career. The young parent looks forward to middle-age when the kids are grown and there is extra money for travel and fun. The middle-aged person is planning for retirement. The retired person is longing for the next visit from the adult kids and grandkids. And on and on it goes.
 
Much of our thinking and emotional energy gets focused on what’s next rather than on what’s now, and as a result, we often miss the best moments in life. Or at least we don’t fully appreciate and enjoy them.
 
Jeremiah 29:11-14 is a classic passage which speaks about the fact that God has a purpose and a plan for your life. All throughout your life He is leading you and guiding you along a path He has selected for you. He doesn’t necessarily dictate every step you take and every choice you make, but He does have a purpose and a plan for you. As you travel through life, He brings you progressively to one day after another, one event after another as your life unfolds. What a shame if rather than appreciating and enjoying where the Lord has you at the moment, you are instead constantly looking forward to what might lie around the next bend in the road. Psalm 118:24 reminds us that, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Yes, this is the day; this is the moment. Enjoy it. Savor it. Then, when you get to the next day, the next moment, enjoy and savor it as well.
 
Chances are you are currently right in the middle of what you used to look forward to. Today is the tomorrow you were looking forward to yesterday. Enjoy it! Savor the time.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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2 thoughts on “Today is the tomorrow you were looking forward to yesterday

  1. I have always liked that quote you shared,  “Today is the tomorrow you were looking forward to yesterday.”
    I will now add your friend’s quote to one of my favorites, like the one, ‘no matter where you go, there you are.” And wherever we are we need to be enjoying that season. Thanks for another great post.

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