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Three Cheers for “Today You” - I Do Every Day - October 10

  • 2019 Oct 10

Three cheers for “today you”

By Jim Mitchell

It’s tempting to look ahead to “tomorrow you,” isn’t it?

  • “Tomorrow you” seems smarter—“today you” struggles.

  • “Tomorrow you” looks happier—“today you” is in a tough spot.

  • “Tomorrow you” knows it all worked out—“today you” worries.

  • “Tomorrow you” has overcome—“today you” is tempted and tired.

  • “Tomorrow you” understands the larger picture—“today you” yearns for it.

  • “Tomorrow you” sees God’s goodness firsthand—“today you” isn’t feeling it.

But here’s the thing: You can’t be “tomorrow you” today.

And here’s the other thing: You can’t be “today you” tomorrow, either. That’s right. You’ll never get another chance to be “today you” again, so it’s a big deal that you really nail it.

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ”Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”(Luke 21:1-4)

This poor widow didn’t wake up that morning knowing how it would all turn out. She woke up with two pennies to her name, not really enough for today, much less tomorrow. But she made a choice about today. Today she would release. Today she would give. Today she would trust.

Little did she know, Someone was watching. The Creator Himself, her Creator, stood nearby, watching her faith and calling attention to it. Giving it meaning. We’re still reading about her!

So three cheers for “today you!” God sees you and takes pleasure in you. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). “Today you” is a big deal.

Click here to read why today’s small missed opportunities are tomorrow’s big regrets.

The good stuff: But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13

Action points: Don’t race through today. Don’t yearn yourself past it. Pause and know that the Creator Himself, your Creator, stands nearby. Be content with “today you.”

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