Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow let’s go into this city, and spend a year there, trade, and make a profit.”Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. For you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that.” But now you glory in your boasting. All such boasting is evil. To him therefore who knows to do good, and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin. James 4:13-17
This scripture always gets me. Not only that, but the next few verses are kind of heart wrenching.
How many days do I spend thinking about all that God is going to do rather than being thankful for what He is doing and what He has already done?
This kind of boasting about the future is evil because we don’t know what will happen in the future. If we think we are entitled to yet another day then we are fooling ourselves. If there is one thing I have learned about this life it is that it is unpredictable.
When I was 19 years old my oldest daughter and I were in a very serious car accident. I was on my way to my job, which was a nanny position, and my life was stopped dead in it’s tracks by an event i had not planned on that day.
Nobody wakes up in the morning and says “I think I’ll get into a car accident today and it will completely alter the direction of my life. I can’t wait!”
No, typically we are usually focusing on the doors that need to be opened, the next want, the big dream, the small desires of our heart.
We know that Jesus came to give us life abundantly, and even though it is for eternity, our eternity begins right now. In this moment.
I think the discontentment that comes with life is reflecting more on the future than realizing that we already have what we need. Or realizing that the steps we need to take today. In verse 17 it says: “who knows to do good, and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin.” If we are constantly focused on the future, whether it be worrying about the future or pursuing our ambitions, then we are not focused on the good we can do right now.
We need to make today amazing.
Sometimes I feel like I can only focus on getting through today because life is overwhelming, but when I do focus on “getting through today” that’s when I know my focus is what is good and what is right. My focus is on Jesus and using what He has given me today to further His kingdom.
God is good, and let’s not forget that today is a beautiful gift that He has given to us. Let’s not tarnish it with wanting our ambitions more than wanting to glorify HIM!