We should never take our today's for granted because we never know which day will be our last today. There are many moments in our life where we rush through our day without really taking the time to enjoy the beauty of that day. We don't take the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us because we are in such a rush going from one place to another, doing one thing after another without really allowing ourselves to take a moment for ourselves to see what we have been forgetting or neglecting to see for so long. Instead, we should recognize that life is fleeting and that before we know it our precious life will come to an end. It is for this reason that we should relish each new day that we are lucky enough to see and gain from it the joy and beauty that it offers us. We shouldn't be so “busy” all of the time. We can make time to enjoy the company of our friends and family. We can take the time to be “selfish” to do what we have been wanting to do, but have not made time to do it. (James 4:14-15) (1 Peter 3:10-12)
No matter how busy you may be in your life, I encourage and challenge you to slow down. Everything that is on your to-do list that needs to be accomplished can be postponed for a short time so that you may be able to do what you have been wanting to do for so long. Take the time for yourself today and do something out of the ordinary. Take your family or friends out for some pizza or for some ice cream and simply enjoy the company of those who mean the most to you. Recognize that our relationships are our greatest assets and instead of putting our loved ones on the back burner because of our busyness, let us bring them to the forefront of our lives showing them that without them our life would be meaningless. (1 John 4:7-11) (1 Peter 3:8-12)
I encourage you again to become introspective for a moment and reevaluate your priorities. See what is most important and make the necessary changes so that when you are far down the road of your life you will not look back with regret and wish you could live your life over again. Use this opportunity to live right now without regrets and you will be proud that you did not pass up your many opportunities to create memories that will live on in your heart and in the hearts of those whom you were fortunate enough to have in your life. (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that today is the most beautiful day and it is waiting for you to use it until it is all used up.
DON'T MISS A MOMENT
I am truly amazed at how rapidly this year seems to be going by. It seems like only yesterday it was Christmastime and now we are already headed for June. I think this may be a good sign, though. They say that time flies when you are having fun. I am sure then that time flies even faster when you are choosing love and sharing joy.
I am becoming aware, however, at just how short even the longest life here on Earth is. I see children swinging at my son's school and I can remember when I attended that same school and swung on those same swings. I give my son and daughter a hug and notice that they are almost as tall as me now. I can remember, though, when I could hold them in the crook of one arm while I rocked them to sleep. I mow the lawn near the graveyard by my home and remember all of my loved ones who have passed. Then I realize that my body too will one day be resting under a headstone and that my time on this wonderful world will be over as well.
I am doing my best then not to miss a moment of this glorious life I have been given and I urge you not to miss a moment of yours either. Enjoy every day that God in His love has given you on the Earth. Take the time to pet your dogs before you put on their leashes for a walk. Take a second to smell that baby's hair when you hold her in your arms. Take a moment to sneak a kiss when you bump into your dear one in the kitchen. Take a little while to watch the sun go down and the moon rise up. Take an hour to walk among the trees and flowers and feel God's gentle, loving breezes on your face. Take a minute to call your Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, or Uncle and tell them that you love them. Take the time to write an inspiring letter or say an encouraging word to a friend. Take all of the precious days of your life and use them to bring more joy, love, and oneness with God to this world. Life is short. Don't miss a moment of it.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 5:22-26 “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD WON'T ASK
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry