Cal Jernigan – Senior Pastor
What is the next big thing in your life that you are anxious to get to? What upcoming event can you hardly wait for? What is it about today are you just enduring until you can get past it?
If you are like most of us some things will pop into your mind. It might be you just can’t wait to graduate, or to get married, or to have kids, or to see them graduate, or to retire, or… whatever.
The truth is, at all stages of life we can choose to be discontent with the present moment in preference of a future possibility. It’s easy to fall into the mindset of just tolerating “these days” in anticipation of getting to “those days.” We can thoroughly convince ourselves that tomorrow will fulfill what is lacking in today.
But will it? If so, at what cost?
The following is an incredibly profound writing I have cherished for many years. I have no idea who wrote it so I can’t attribute it to them, but what they wrote is something I will never forget and forever be grateful for… take a long, slow moment to let what it says sink in.
I Never Got Want I Wanted
It was spring, but it was summer I wanted, the warm days, and the great outdoors.
It was summer, but it was fall I wanted, the colorful leaves, and the cool dry air.
It was fall, but it was winter I wanted, the beautiful snow, and the joy of the holiday season.
It was winter, but it was spring I wanted, the warmth, and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted, the freedom, and the respect.
I was twenty, but it was thirty I wanted, to be mature, and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged, but it was twenty I wanted, the youth, and the free spirit.
I was retired, but it was middle age I wanted, the presence of mind, without limitations.
My life is over; I never got what I wanted.
How sad–and yet how common!
Psalm 118:24 admonishes us with these words,
“Let us rejoice today and be glad.”
Today! The focus is on today! Today is the day we are to rejoice in.
What incredible thing has God prepared for you to experience today? Are you ready? Are you open to it? Today’s loaded with potential!
Remember, we are not promised we even have a tomorrow. Tomorrow’s a possibility, but today’s already arrived at our doorstep!
What will you do to make this day special? Whatever you do, determine to make the most of it. It’s the only day like it you’ll ever have! Don’t waste today wishing for tomorrow!Click here for the photo credit on this post