Devotional Readings

The Challenge for Today

So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a [woman] under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany [her] in [her] work all the days of the life God has given [her] under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15, NIV.

A psychologist once surveyed some 3,000 people picked at random from a telephone directory. The survey was brief. It asked, “What have you got to live for?” More than 90 percent of the respondents stated they were waiting–waiting for their marriage to improve, for their children to grow up, to become grandparents. They were waiting to retire and gain more leisure time. They were waiting for next year, or a dreamed-about tour of Europe. They were waiting for something exciting to happen. They were giving up today for the promise tomorrow held. These people failed to realize that today is the tomorrow they waited for yesterday!

It’s a pity to endure the present while waiting for some future event that may, or may not, happen. Today you have been given a fresh beginning. Today you can open your eyes and find a new world. This world is yours. Enjoy every moment of it today because it will soon be gone. Thank God for the new beginning you can enjoy today!

Greet today with a smile. Breathe in the fresh, cool air and revel in the rays of sunshine. Beauty is God’s therapy for the ugly side of life. Fear, anxiety, depression, and worry can be overcome with an appreciation of beauty.

Today is here. Don’t think of what you would do if only things were different. Things are not different. They are what they are. Make the best of what you have.

Dream, if you will, but work to make your dream come true. Stop saying, “If only I had the time, I’d–” You’ll never find time to do everything. Pick one thing you want to do, and do it.

Today act toward God and others as if it were your last day on earth. Life begins when you take charge of your attitude and begin enjoying what you have. Today determines your quality of life tomorrow. If you want freedom and happiness, you must fight for it now.

Today is the time to make the hard choices necessary to accomplish this. The greatest gift you can give the people you love–is you. Now is the time to develop high-quality relationships. If you accomplish this you will be a happier person and touch lives around you in a positive way.

–Nancy Van Pelt


from A Word from Home
Ardis Stenbakken (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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