Today is a gift from God, treasure it. It is the only time in your hand.

John Ruskin had on his desk a paper-weight. carved on it was one word: Today.

"This is the day which the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it," sang King David, thus uttering words which summarise the best philosophy of Life.

Life has an abundance to give us and all that can be ours on condition that we start living today, or living for today; that we give our entire attention to the work on hand, to the family, ministry or to the person we are living with, talking to or dealing with. This is what spells success.

This calls for courage. when it is temptingly easy to forget oneself in the past or the future, in anything but what one has on hand, it is, as Caryll Houselander says, almost a superhuman task to live harmoniously in the present.

What do regrets over the past or dread of the future achieve for those who give themselves over to them? They kill themselves by degrees and in the long run have hardly anything on their hand to show for the decades they had lived.

We would have many more geniueses than we do, if they had not rested content with their past glories, however spectacular. The moddiocrity of their ambitionhas covered like ashes their bright careers that could have burst in flames if they took their opportunity, today.

Charles M. Schwab, the great steel magnate, begin his career by working for Andrew Carnegie. One day Schwab and his men had been exceptionally successful in their work. Schwab wired to Carnegie: 'Broke all records yesterday.' And Carnegie wired back: ' What have you done today?' Schwabgrasped the lesson .

Live today. You are not going to do anything if you remain inactive now, hoarding up your energies for some day to come; you will learn , to your regret, that that day never seem to come.

Arnold Bennett, in one of his essays, write: 'What we are living now is life itself----it is much more life itself than that which you will be living twenty years hence. Grasp the truth. Dwell on it. Absorb it.

Do not hesitate. There is only one time to do your best, and that time is now, right at this moment.

'Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing', wrote William Feather, 'with the result that we do nothing. Jesus the greatest Master said, 'I will do my work, when it is day, for the night cometh when no man will work again.' Do your best today, do something big and beautiful for God today. Remember, ' Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.' Stay blessed, Shalom!

Pastor Stanley Nicholas

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