Sunday, July 12, 2009

{From The Heart of My Minister}

One Day At A Time Sweet Jesus

Living one day at a time is a discipline we all have to focus on when we are in Christ. It is easy to slip back into worrying about tomorrow, dwelling on the "what ifs" and the "if only." Each day brings a host of things we cannot change; there will always be circumstances beyond our control. We must also face the reality of who we are-human beings confined within the slice of life we call today. It is tempting to deny the present, but escaping reality is part of the insanity of our old sinful way of life. Jesus said, "can all your worries add a single moment to your life?...don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" (Math. 6:27 & 34). The prophet Jeremiah said, "The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness, His mercies begin afresh each day" (Lamentations 3:22 & 23). Since God's grace is renewed towards us daily, then living each day at a time, is the best way to face life. We need to ask ourselves at every turn in life, Am I accepting this present moment, or am I pretending-trying to escape into the past or the future? Each day there is something to find joy in, and there is sufficient strength promised for the troubles of that day. The Psalmist wrote, "This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24). We, too can choose to find joy, strength and hope when we accept each day's realities with a heart of one day at a time sweet Jesus.

{Richard Ramkinson Windsor Lake Church of Christ}

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