DayBreaks 02/24/11 – Just Today
Tony Campolo wrote: “At Eastern University, where I taught for so many years, I would constantly encounter students who would ask a simple question: How can I know what God wants me to do with my life? What a question! But I could never answer the question because I’m not sure that Jesus wants us to look that far ahead. I’m convinced that what Jesus calls us to do is to solve this problem: What should I be doing today? He says quite pointedly, “Take no thought for tomorrow what ye shall eat, what ye shall drink. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
“Are you going to do what God wants you to do today? That’s the ultimate question. Everyday you should get up and say, “This is the day that the Lord has made. What does God want me to do? What does God want me to achieve this day?”
Galen’s thoughts: it’s interesting to me how we wonder so much about the future and what we will do if this or that were to happen. We’ll create and play out scenarios in our minds, trying to envision and plan for all possible deviations and contingencies. I suppose we do it because it makes us think we have control over the situation and the future. I believe what Jesus was trying to tell us in the passage that Campolo quoted in the first paragraph was simply this: if we are paying enough attention to today and all the opportunities and possibilities to serve Him and others, we won’t have time enough to worry about what comes next. Perhaps we would see far more opportunities to be useful in the Kingdom this day if we weren’t thinking so much about the next.
PRAYER: May we see each opportunity for serving You today and be fully engaged in them while we trust You for what will come tomorrow! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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