A Word of Encouragement from Elizabeth Rice Handford

Do you remember, when you were a child, how very long it took for your birthday to come again? Later on in life, I’ve discovered, birthdays seem to come too soon.

But it is true: tomorrow will come.And the question I’m asking myself is: “When tomorrow comes, will I be truly glad? Or will I meet it with remorse and sadness?” It depends, of course, on whether or not I did yesterday what I should have done.

Lord Chesterfield wrote his son, “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

But cynic Mark Twain twisted it the other way: “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do the day after tomorrow.” And he would be right, if it were a trivial, negligible pursuit, an idle curiosity. But sometimes the things we postpone doing are important, essential for our welfare or the welfare of others, but so difficult, we postpone them. Those, the Word of God tells us, we ought to do “while it is called Today.”

Hebrews 3:13,15 says, “But never forget the warning: ‘Today you must listen to His voice. Don’t harden your hearts against Him.’ But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

The wonderful truth about today and tomorrow is this: Today you can do what God wants you to do. Today you can call the friend you’ve been estranged from. Today you can begin to break the bad habit that has frustrated you and your family. Today you can do the task you’ve postponed because you were afraid to try. Today you can write the letter you should have written yesterday. Today you can encourage the fellow worker next to you. Today you can listen to that child of yours who’s been grieving for lack of your attention. Today you can affirm your spouse of your deep love. But you need to do it today, not postpone it again until tomorrow.

There’s another wonderful truth about today and tomorrow: the Scriptures assure us that nothing—nothing!—can separate us from the love of God, nothing past, and nothing future.

For I am persuaded—
that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor principalities nor powers,
neither things present [today]
nor things to come [tomorrow],
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,
Nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39

Thank God He has given us today to do what He wants us to do. And thank God that all of our tomorrows are also in His powerful, unchanging, loving hands. We need not fear tomorrow when we trust God. And today, with His grace and wisdom, we can do what He wants us to do today.