A birthday, wedding and baby shower. All that happened in one weekend.
It was a weekend of celebration of old and new lives. It was a time to reflect on the past, be inspired to live in the present and hope for a bright future. The past, present and future, they are intertwined intricately.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” –Soren Kierkegaard
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” –Mother Theresa
I love Mother Theresa’s quote, we cannot change what happened in the past, nor control our future , the only thing we can do is live today to the fullest. To face our past success and failure, and learn from our mistakes and everything in the present so we may have some answers for the future. The present is the gateway between the old and the new. As I think about this, I ponder how I should live the day, to seize the moment as they say.
The Word of God has this to say:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
“….encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrew 3: 7, 13
The key to successful living is how we respond to the voice of God. As life is unpredictable and ever-changing the only constant is the unchangeable God Himself. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Someone once said life is the great classroom where we are both learners and teachers, and each day we get tested and graded especially in the subject of Grace. It is our compassion, our gratitude, our faith, forgiveness and the list goes on. How we minister grace is not dependent on our credentials or our wealth. Being the smartest, prettiest, richest, most gifted cannot help. The only thing really counts is being humble and let it guide us through daily.
So how then shall I live today?
This is my conclusion—
With grace, humility and obedience.