Our problems often seem huge and overwhelming until something happens to give us a different perspective. Imagine all the people in the last week who felt sure their problems were just horrible but then a horrific earthquake hit Japan which led to a Tsunami that created destruction beyond what I can imagine. The death toll is now in the thousands and still rising. Three nuclear plants have already had explosions leading to radiation being released. The long term damage to the country in it’s infrastructure will likely be felt for years to come.
Without doubt the day before this tragedy hit the people of Japan were going through the day as though all things would continue the same way for years to come. The thought that many of them would lose their lives, their homes, and families the next day wouldn’t have occurred to anyone.
Life is extremely uncertain. We have no warranty on life. No wonder James the half brother of Jesus would tell the people when they made plans about what they were going to do in business, how they would go to certain places, continue there for a year and buy and sell and make money when you don’t know what will be on tomorrow, is a foolish way to live. Life is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”So we ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills we will do this or that.” It is out of that statement that James said, “Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him is a sin.” I wonder if James wasn’t remembering what Jesus had said in the Sermon on the Mount. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Don’t worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
We can waste worlds of time and energy concerned about what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. In doing so we waste all the energy that we could have used today to make the most of it.
We may have a multitude of tomorrows ahead. We may not have any. The very best thing we can do is fully live today so that if this were to be the last day we have it will have been well lived, with nothing to regret. If this day is lived for God and good, what lies beyond this life make everything right.