We should not go through life with the attitude that we'll always have
tomorrow to do certain things that should be done today. We are to
remember that the Bible says our life is like a vapor that appears for a
short time and then vanishes away. We are to relish and enjoy this day to
its fullest and not believe the lie that tomorrow is promised to us. We
are to be kind and considerate towards those who come into contact with us
letting them know how great they are and what vast potential they possess.
The Lord has given us the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. We
are to shed love and encouragement so that all people will see the love
inside of our hearts and know Whom we belong to. Be encouraged to spread
a word of cheer and do your best to be God's representative on the earth
this day and each new day to come. (James 4:13-14) (Matthew 22:36-40)
I hope you are encouraged and inspired by this message to appreciate this
day that you've been given and do everything you can to make the most of it.
THE LAST DAY
“This is to inform you that today will be your last day. Please make every
effort to get your affairs in order and take care of all last minute
He knew it was coming, but still he was shocked.
“Time seemed to fly by,” he thought to himself. “I had so many great things
going. I don't understand why this should happen now.”
But often this happens with no particular explanation, rhyme or reason.
He was angry, confused and saddened by it all. But after some reflection
and a few tears he began gathering his belongings.
Then pulling out his address book he started with the “A's” and made his
final phone calls.
“I've always enjoyed my conversations with you, Jim. I just wanted to tell
you that I think you have some great talent. Don't waste a moment of time.
Keep working as hard as you do and you'll make it,” he told one person.
“You've been my strength, my inspiration through all of these years. If I
haven't told you enough, I hope you know how much I love you and your
family,” he said to another.
In just a few short hours he was able to reach most everyone he wanted to
talk to. He even contacted some of the people on his email list with whom
he had casual contact over the past few years.
On the way home he stopped by his barber to say thanks for the great job
she did. “It took some magic to make me look good,” he joked with her. They
hugged, shed a few tears and he continued on.
Arriving at home, he wrote out a few personal note cards he wanted to leave
for the mailman, the mechanic who kept his car is such great shape, the
woman behind the meat counter at the market. “You always gave me such great
service and you have such a beautiful smile,” he wrote to her.
Before his family arrived, he decided to take a walk around the
neighborhood. Along the way he smiled and greeted everyone with a cheerful,
“Great day, isn't it?”
Passing by the park he succumbed to his child-like desires and spent a few
minutes on the swings and sliding board. Laughing and giggling, he drew the
attention of some of the parents. Seeing the joy on his face, they joined in.
As he continued around the neighborhood he stopped by the local flower shop
and bought all the daisies they had. Taking this walk full circle he handed
a flower to everyone who passed by. “Take time to enjoy the beauty of the
world. You are so much a part of it!” he told each one.
Yes, it seemed like this last day might very well be his best day.
He returned home to the comfort and love of his family. They talked for
hours about the wonderful times they shared and how grateful they were to
him for all he had done for them.
Then in the early morning hours, as he lay in the arms of his loving wife,
surrounded by his children, he breathed his last breath on his last day.
The reality is we never do get that notice. Few ever have the time to get
all of their affairs in order. We may not have that last chance to tell
those we love how much they mean to us. We don't have the 24 hours to
thank the people in our lives, give encouragement to those who need it,
appreciate the kindness of those who touch our lives daily or give the gift
of hope to perfect strangers.
How wonderful it would be if we could.
You can, you know. Live each day as if it were your last.
Live life in love and on your last day, you'll leave in peace.
By the way...I hope you know how much I love each of you!
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 4:13-15 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do
this, or that.”
Luke 6:35-36 Jesus declares, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and
lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye
shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful
and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that
is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: COMFORT FOR ALL
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Today’s Selected Testimony: PRODIGAL DAUGHTER
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry