Take advantage of your today


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 1:23 p.m.
We live in a society that loves to make excuses for not doing things that should be done right now. We live in a society that loves to just keep putting things off until the next time.
''I'll do it tomorrow or next week,'' they say. But the truth is, all we really have is "today" because tomorrow is not promised. Webster defines the word "today" as ''on or during the present day, in the present, the present time.''
In his book, ''Your Best Life Now,'' Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, writes about changing the channel in your life and healing past relationships. We may use the excuse that it's not our fault, but the truth of the matter is, if we are bitter and resentful, it's because we are allowing ourselves to remain that way.f-z We've all had negative things happen to us and anyone can make excuses and blame the past for his or her bad attitudes. Perhaps you've gone through things that nobody deserved to experience in life. Physical, verbal, sexual or emotional abuse - those are all horrible experiences that no one should have to endure, but if you want to live in victory today, you cannot use past emotional wounds as an excuse for making poor choices today.
Quit comparing your life to someone else's. Quit dwelling on what could have been, should have been or might have been.
Don't hold on to feelings of bitterness and resentment and let them poison your future today. Let go of those hurts and pains. Forgive the people who did you wrong, and most of all, forgive yourself for the mistakes you made.
And right now, we have had that chance today to change the channel of our life. The Lord said: ''Today, if you will hear my voice, Harden not your hearts (Hebrews 3:7-8). God also said: ''My spirit shall not always strive with man. (Genesis 6:3) Then Paul wrote: ''For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.'' (II Corinthians 6:2) If you feel Christ is tugging at your heart right now, don't put it off any longer, but today accept Christ and let him in. He said: ''Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.'' (Revelation 3:20) Do it today because tomorrow might be too late.
As we enter into this new year, let's do as Paul, the great writer of Philippians, wrote, '' ... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. (Philippians 3:13) Also: ''Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? (Isaiah 43:19). In order words, can you not tell that God is doing something new in you and for you.
Unless we're willing to change, unless we're willing to expand and enlarge our vision, we will miss His opportunities for us.
God is always ready to do new things in our lives. He is trying to promote us to increase us; yet, it's interesting that God asked the question, ''do you not perceive and know it?''
Are you making room for it? How can you make room?
Get rid of the old baggage that's been holding you back and make room for the new thing that God is getting ready to pour into your life.
Yes, today is your today.
The Rev. Dr. Percy C. Days is pastor of the Fountain of Life Church of God in Christ in Gainesville.

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