by Ann Elaine Broughton
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).
This past week-end I got a lot of ambition, and decided to shovel the snow off of our driveway. I didn’t tell my husband because I knew he would insist that he do it with the snow blower. I love to be outside and it wasn’t that cold out, so I put on warm coat, gloves and earmuffs and grabbed the snow shovel. I pushed the snow to the edge and then went the other direction. After about 10 pushes I looked at the end of the driveway and thought to myself that this was going to be a bigger job than I thought.
That is when I put up my gigantic hood. You see with that hood up all I could see is the path I was making and not the end of the driveway. I just concentrated on one lap at a time. I eventually got to the end of the driveway and was so proud I had made it. I was going to give up midway, until I put up my hood and only concentrated on one swath at a time.
You see sometimes in life, it seems like we will never make it to our goal. The end seems far away, and dwelling on that can seem very daunting. For me it is retirement which is looming in the near future. For others it may be a college degree, paying off a mortgage, or maybe it is the end of chemo. The most important thing to remember is that all you have is today, and you must try with all your heart to use this day to honor God in all you do. It is this day that God has blessed you with, and He has a special plan for you.
Make sure you pray and ask Him every morning what He wants you to do, and then act on it. You might have a name come to your mind or you might come in contact with someone who needs cheering up. Every day there are opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life, and it is up to you to recognize this and act on it. Don’t go through life moaning and groaning, but be on the outlook for the blessings God has for you. Everyday there will be some. Ask God to help you be aware of them.
All we have is today. Help us not to worry so much about the future, but take each day to do your will. Lead us to people who need to see your love through us, and then help us to be your hands to give them help.
In Jesus’ name,