Monday, October 25 2021 - 7:36 AM
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Today is a Gift

Only one thing is for sure—now! Yesterday is a distant memory, and tomorrow may never come. Today is here. That is not to say you shouldn’t think about the past and plan for tomorrow, but only that you should make the most of what you can change and shape.

Others have recognized the importance of the present as well.

“The future is always beginning now.” —Mark Strand

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” —Dale Carnegie

“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.”  —Fulton Oursler

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”  —Babatunde Olatunji

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” —Author Unknown

Question: Who do I know that needs encouragement? What can I do to show I care? Do I care enough about other people’s opinions to listen with my heart?

Scripture says today or “now” is the best time to seek God. “. . . now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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