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Ben Franklin may have said it best: “One today is worth two tomorrows.” That is because today is the only day we have. Yesterday is gone. We cannot call yesterday back to do what we failed to do. Nor can we reuse yesterday to undo what we may have messed up really bad or to repeat what we may have done well. All we have is today. Tomorrow is not here yet, and we are not even promised a tomorrow. So what are we going to do today? How will I spend its precious gift of time?


What is time, anyway? Clearly it is not a thing that you can touch, save up, or store. You can measure it and mark it off as it passes, but, as long as you keep your feet on mother earth, you can not speed it up or stop it, because it keeps marching on, second by second. Some describe it as being a dimension of the universe, a way to characterize things or events. Others prefer to think of time as an abstract, nothing more than an intellectual way to compare and sequence events.


As your time passes today, will you use it to build up or to tear down? Will you employ it to promote yourself and your cause or God and His kingdom? Each moment in time is a gift from God. The psalmist said: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” ( Psalms 118:24, NKJV ). And the Lord Himself declared: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” ( John 9:4, NJKV ).


Lord, my commitment is to follow Your example in doing the work of Your Father today. Let my every decision instantly turn toward You now. Keep my heart open to the Holy Spirit.


God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7, NIV.

This meditation is from God of Wonders – A Daily Devotional written by David Steen, Ph.D. He is the Chair of the Biology Department at Andrews University.

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