By Joan Clayton: Columnist
Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom.
Since time cannot be reclaimed, it is too precious to spend in remorse and regrets. Harsh words, malice and strife are stolen by the thief of time. Brooding over past mistakes wastes the time allotted for me today. Pointing out others’ failures and bringing up the past replaces today’s time with the idol of self-pity, filling today with bitterness, cynicism and complaining.
If I use my gift of time by walking in love then I will be joyful. I will have spent my time wisely. Love in my heart takes priority in how I live out my time for today.
My gift of time is wrapped in shiny paper with ribbons of joy attached. I can’t wait to open my gift. I will discover new opportunities, new challenges, new insights and new friends.
I keep a little sign on my refrigerator, “I have the choice of my attitude.” This keeps my perspective in balance when I am tempted to get upset. I remember that I can only live “now.”
If you had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would you make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer? Would you suddenly become aware of little things that mean so much? Would you speak of love and appreciation to others that oftentimes have been left unsaid?
The brevity of life makes a rose more beautiful, a baby’s face sweeter, a sunrise brighter and a loved one dearer.
Let us spend this day and every day by being joyful and happy. Think about all the good things that have happened to you and be grateful.
Be thankful for today and spend it wisely. Make someone else happy. Be grateful for being alive. Realize where there is life, there is hope.
Today is the best day of your life! It is a treasure box of jewels… precious stones that make today memorable.
Today is the day to make our day count. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).
Think about all the good things that have happened to you and be grateful.
Take time to listen. More is learned by listening than by talking.
Do not let anyone or anything spoil today.
Guard against self-pity. Everyone has been unjustly treated at some time in life. Take time to forgive because forgiveness builds the bridge for moving on.
Never lose hope. “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24 KJV).
Be cheerful. Murmuring and complaining are displeasing to God. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14 NIV).
Determine to be joyful, happy and grateful. A daily dose of “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today!” would create a peaceful, happy day indeed. (Psalm 118:24 NCV).
Give these golden nuggets of love and friendship away today. That gold will make you a spiritual millionaire and you will find your treasure box just keeps running over!
Live your gift of time so that you can say at the end of your life: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 KJV).
Time is God’s gift to you!