Religion column: Today is the best day of your life

Time was created for man. In God’s eyes there is no time. He always was and always will be. He is the great ”I Am.” Yet our time is limited. Time is too precious to waste it. Children grow up and leave the nest. Did we spend precious time with them? Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count?

People are precious. Time spent loving and listening to a mate, a friend or a child is time well spent. Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of “now.” The gift of life is squandered … wasted by dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. Life is now! Right now! This breathing, heart-beating, priceless moment can encourage someone else.

Jesus impresses upon us the importance of living in the “now.”

If we had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would we make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer and a rose be more beautiful? Would you suddenly aware of little things that mean so much? Would we speak of love and appreciation to others that oftentimes have been left unsaid?

We do get caught up in the cares of this life: “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19 KIV). Trials do come and patience runs thin but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that time to love is too short at best.

To postpone happiness when “this or that happens, or “if only this would happen, then I would be happy.” However, if we are not happy now, how will we be happy then?”

Jesus has told us to live in the “now” of our lives. “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord” (I Thessalonians 3:8 KJV). Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not be, so it is imperative to live and love “now.”

Are we so busy working for a living that we have no time to live, to enjoy family, friends or the great outdoors?

Since life is a precious gift from God please don’t waste a single day of it. Please don’t squander a minute of life by being angry with anyone. Please don’t let this day fade away by feeling sorry for yourself.

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. Let’s not spoil this day for “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 KJV).

We can add our happiness of the day by making someone else happy. Here are some happy things:

• Be grateful for being alive.

• Realize where there is life there is hope.

• Think positive. Pray without ceasing.

• Be a listener.

• Help and cheer up others.

• Be a good example.

• Look for good in everyone you meet.

• Know that God is always with you.

• Open your heart to the Holy Spirit and let God’s love flow in.

So let’s begin to live today. Pack all the love and special moments you can.

Today is God’s special gift to you!