Saturday, August 14, 2010

Today Matters

Do you ever, like me, get up in the morning and think this is just another day.. another day to get ready for work, another day to iron clothes, catch the train, meet with people and talk about issues. It's just another day in the daily grind where I am going through the motions of doing what needs to be done, or what I feel like doing.

One seemingly meaningless day turns into another.. and days turn into weeks, months and even years of sometimes the same boring monotony.

But are our days really meaningless?

Each day we make a myriad of choices, we undertake a range of actions and interact with countless people. These choices/actions/interactions may seem insignificant, but the effects may be much more significant.

In the bible, Paul shares this wisdom to his friend, Timothy.

1 Tim 5:24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.

This verse has such wisdom. What people do today will show up - now or later – but it will show up. The choices, actions and interactions that people have in their life today will have consequences tomorrow - whether they are good or bad.

If you sow a financial seed into the kingdom – it will show up sooner or later. If you invest in the lives of your kids - it will show up sooner or later. As my good friend Andrew Staggs says- if you invest some money, it will show up as compounding interest tomorrow.

However, if you have an area of sin that you haven't deal with in your life – deal with it today, or it will show up later. If you make poor choices in what you eat - it will show up sooner or later. If you make poor choices in how much you spend, it will show up sooner or later. If you make poor choices in how little time you spend with God - it will show up sooner or later.

In fact, everything that is done today will have a return – sooner or later, whether good or bad.

As John Maxwell would say, today matters. Today is another day that I get to do something that shows up later - in a good way!

Today I get to eat healthy so it shows up as a reduced dress size later;
Today I get to take an interest in or invest in my kids' life so it shows up in their lives later;
Today I get to meet with my creator, so I can see the fruits of an overcoming life show up sooner and later;
Today I get to give my best at work, so i can get a payrise or promotion later;
Today I get to save some of my salary so it shows up as financial freedom later;
Today I get to give to those in need so that God repays me this debt later;
Today I get to thank God for all that I have so that it creates a joyful disposition in me sooner or later;

On the flipside, today I can ignore my conscience and do an action that will show up later and create harm in my life. Today I can spend impulsively money that I haven't yet earned. Today I can eat 3 packets of tim tams! Today I can encourage an inappropriate relationship. Today I can slack off on the job. Today I can neglect to pray or read the word - the effects of which will show up sooner or later.

What do I want to see show up in my life tomorrow, or next month? or next year? Then I must think about what I do today.

Today matters.