We think of our lives as mundane, even boring at times. But change is a part of each and every day, even if we don’t pay attention to the changes. The world will never be the same as it is at this moment. Never. Perhaps that is why there are so many passages in the Bible about living in the moment, not dwelling in the past or borrowing trouble from the future. God knows what we can handle and it usually isn’t much…at least not without His help.
There are people all over the world who are waking up today to problems and losses we can only imagine. They are coping with natural disasters, and disasters of their own making. The changes in their lives are so obvious, so tragic that our hearts are overwhelmed with compassion for them.
And there are also people who are waking up to new joys and experiences that will enlighten and engage them in ways they never dreamed possible. We join them in celebrating their marriage, their first child, their first day of school or a new job. We recognize those “rite of passage” changes that most of us go through.
However, it is often the smallest changes that bring about the greatest transformation in our lives. One decision, one simple “yes” or “no”, one brief encounter with a new person, one trip down a different road, one moment of clarity can turn our lives upside down and lead us on a totally different journey. These are the changes that often go unnoticed until years later when we find ourselves asking how we got to this place, this day, this experience.
As I get older I understand more fully why God admonishes us to live for today. Not only is He telling us to enjoy the time because we might not get another day, but I think He is also telling us to be careful with our thoughts and actions today, because this is the only chance we might get to make the right choice, do the right thing, or be the person we want to be.
Tomorrow will be different from today, or might not come at all, because of what we do today.
Today is a day like no other! Make it a great one!
(P.S. I am posting this picture today in honor of baby Hope going off to college for her second year!)