Jesus said, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?...
...But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.”
(Matthew 6:25, 33-34)
Living One Day at a Time
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13,15)
Have you ever stopped to think that today is the smallest portion of God-given time? Seconds, minutes, hours are artificial, man-made time measure, but the period from dawn to dusk is the shortest division of time on God’s clock. Time is a strange thing in itself. It is something like fence posts or telephone poles you pass as you drive down the road, but like a fence it encloses our lives, and between the two poles of life and death we are very much prisoners of time.
The perplexing part of it is that we all know when time began–at least for us individually, since time is reckoned from the date of your birth. But we are never quite sure when God will press the stopwatch, and time will have become history–at least, for us.
Have you ever thought much about the way that time governs your life? Possibly as no other generation, we are slaves to the clock. We are bound to schedules and deadlines, and we think that the world will stop unless we make those deadlines. Sometimes it is good for us to realize that when our schedules go awry, life will go on.
That painful realization was driven home to me and Marie this week, when both of us tested positive for COVID. We had plans with a busy diary ahead with various commitments and places to go and things to do. But within a few minutes of the test, everything changed, and plans had to be cancelled or at least postponed.
I think there is an important lesson to be learned from this. What we believe is so important at the time, really is not as important as we think. Life goes on when your plans go awry. Whether a tiny virus, an incident at work or simply an event which places a stop to your schedule is sufficient of a reminder that, life still continues at a pace; even without you!
There is a reason why you must learn to live one day at a time. God has promised guidance and direction for just today. Time and time again, the Bible emphasizes the importance of today. God promised, “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).
When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He said, “After this manner, therefore, pray ye, ‘Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread!” There you have it again. Give us this day–not tomorrow–not next year–but meet our needs today.
You may be frustrated because your schedule and your goals haven’t worked out the way you planned. There’s good news! God promises help for just today. He said, “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows them that trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).
Living in the present does not mean a total disregard of the past nor an indifferent attitude toward the future. It means that you find God’s grace to cope with the flight that is cancelled, the stock that collapses, the loan that doesn’t get paid, and the hopes for tomorrow that don’t materialise. May God help us to find His strength for today and confirm our hope for tomorrow. After all, He knows it already!
With prayers and blessings in Him,
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world, as it is, not as we would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if we surrender to Your sovereign will Glorify your name through us and bring your purposes to bear in this our needy world. Through Christ our Lord we prayer.
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our vision is of a Bible-based church that is vibrant with prayerful people who worship and serve Jesus Christ and attract others to follow Him.
John 13:31-35 & Acts 11:1-18
Sunday, 15th May 2022