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HomeWord - Aug. 10, 2009

Celebrate This Heartbeat 
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I d Forgetting what was 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.Philippians 3:13,14

I like what the psalmist wrote so long ag "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). Each day you live is a gift from God. There will never be another today—so make the most of today. Live life to the fullest. It seems like the majority of people today are paralyzed by their past and are always looking for a brighter tomorrow while not making the most of today. I think the words of this Christian song make a lot of sense.

I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat 
‘Cause it just might be my last. 
Every day is a gift from the Lord on high, 
And they all go by so fast. 
So many people drifting in a dream, 
I only want to live the real thing. 
I'm gonna celebrate this heartbeat 
And keep movin' on, 
Look toward tomorrow 'cause the past is gone. 
If I laugh, it's no crime- 
I've got great news on my mind. 
It's a hope that never fades away. 
Now I don't understand 
All the mysteries of the Master plan, 
But I'm sure the Master does, 
So that's okay.*

Because God has promised to take care of your tomorrow, you can celebrate life to the fullest today.


  1. Paul tells us in today’s verse to "forget what is behind". What has happened in your life in the last week, month or year that you need to forget?
  2. What has happened or will happen in your life today that you can celebrate? If you are having a tough time thinking of something, just remember that the GOD of the universe loves you-now that is worth celebrating!

Psalm 118:24; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 6:1; Luke 9:62

* Randy Stonehill, Celebrate This Heartbeat (Wac Word Records, Inc., 1984)

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