Posted by: amechad1 | June 24, 2010

This is YOUR life – TODAY!

When I got up this morning, this song (This Is Your Life – Switchfoot) was going thru my head:

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
Don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes,
This is your life
And today is all you’ve got now
And today is all you’ve ever had
Don’t close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, is it everything that you dreamed
that it would be when the world was younger,
and you had everything to lose?

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be?
This is your life, are you who you want to be?

So, I hunted it up in my music library and played it a couple of times while I was getting dressed for work. I was thinking about how yesterday is over and gone – nothing can be changed or “fixed” if we feel like we didn’t get it “right”. “Today is all we ever have”! I finished getting ready and headed out the door. I got in the car and turned the key. THIS SONG was on the radio! Apparently, G-d was trying to tell me something. So, I prayed about it…and decided to share what He showed me.

When the Israelites were preparing to enter into the Promised Land, G-d set before them a choice: Obedience and life or disobedience and death. (Dt 30) It is a choice we make EVERY DAY! In the same way we choose our physical clothing to wear for the day, we choose to clothe ourselves in the Messiah and CHOOSE LIFE! (Romans 13, Dt 30)

We cannot change any part of our pasts. Some of us have more regrets than others. Paul had some HUGE regrets – and yet he said “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13) Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us that G-d’s mercies are “new every morning”.

Worrying about the future is also a worthless, futile activity – it shows a lack of trust in G-d, your loving Father who WANTS to give you good gifts (Matt 7, Luke 11) and fill your every need (Matt 6, Luke 12). When Y’shua/Jesus taught his disciples to pray, He told them to say “give us today our daily bread” (Matt 6, Luke 11). He taught us that we needn’t chase after the things of this world (Matt 6, Luke 11), but that the Father would provide for us just as He does the birds of the air. Psalm 37 illustrates how the righteous are taken care of and provided for. Proverbs 30 says:

7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

We can be content to have our food clothing and housing needs taken care of on a daily basis. G-d knows our needs and fills them just as He gives all the animals their food, provides rain for the plants, etc. (Psalm 104)

Making grand plans for the future is also a worthless activity. While it is wise to plan and provide for our needs and those of our families from what G-d has given us, we need to remember that we are only mists and that G-d holds everything in His hands. (James 4:13-15)

Where does this leave us? Right where we started: TODAY! Let’s return to the lyrics of the song: “This is your life, are you who you want to be?” If so, AWESOME!!! Thank G-d and carry on. If not, why not? What can you see in your life that you want to change? Start TODAY! Take it to the L-rd and ask what He would have you do differently. BUT…don’t get too hung up on trying so hard that you lose your joy. Ecc 7 says:

15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
a righteous man perishing in his righteousness,
and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.

16 Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?

17 Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?

18 It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
The man who fears God will avoid all extremes .

If we chose life each day and clothe ourselves in Messiah, live in obedience and press on to know the L-rd, we can look forward to our future hope. Proverbs 23 tells us:

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.

What is that future hope? Peter tells us about it in 2 Peter 3: “…what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. “ Let’s live for Him with all we have and all that we are – STARTING TODAY!

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