A young Marine was leaning against the side of his tank early one morning during the Korean War. He was slowly and cautiously eating beans from a can with his penknife. It was cold and foggy and damp and the silence was deafening and frightening.
A reporter, aware of the impending battle, softly asked, "If I were God and could give you anything you wanted, what would you ask for?"
After a lengthy pause, he answered, "Today!"
All that any of us can really have is today. Few of us, however, realize the importance of “today” – and the value of the gift that “today” offers us.
The Psalmist said, "Teach us to make the most of our time..." Time is a gift, and we must be aware of each tick of the clock and moment of the day. Once gone, time can never be reclaimed or recycled or returned. What we have done with “today” becomes a part of history.
Realizing the significance of time and the uncertainties of life should help us put our priorities in order. The first priority is our relationship with God. Is it all that it can be? Is there more of God’s love that I can discover? Second is our responsibility to others. Is there someone, somewhere who needs God's love and salvation? Who is my “one” to love today? And, finally, do I need to make things right, first with God, and then with others? Today is the day to seize!
Prayer: Lord, help us to understand the value of time and not waste one minute. May we use each moment of every day wisely realizing “it’s all we can be sure of!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Psalm 90:12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.