Are You Living For Today?

Greetings friends, I know that it has been awhile.  It’s good to be back.

I was listening to the song Nothing Compares by Third Day this morning and I my ears perked up when I heard the following line:

…And I find myself just living for today,

’cause I don’t know what tomorrow’s gonna bring.

So no matter if I rise or fall, I’ll never be alone,

Oh no, I know nothing compares,

to the greatness of knowing you Lord…

At first glance, living for today sounds kind of selfish.  It makes it seem like it’s all about us and we are only living for ourselves.

But in the context of the song the deeper meaning is this: we really don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring.  It may be a good day or it may be a bad day.  It may bring joy, but it may bring pain.

 The one constant in all our todays is this.  We will not be alone.

We don’t have to face anything by ourselves.  When we know the Lord Jesus Christ, then truly nothing else compares to that.  It gives us direction, purpose, and peace.

These words struck home with me because of the struggle we have been going through as a family for the past year and a half and culminating on July 27th.

My Dad was battling prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bones.  He fought the good fight, but he succumbed to this illness ten days ago.  As you can imagine the wound is still raw.  My heart aches and it still doesn’t seem real that he is gone.

I know that he is in a better place and feeling no pain now, but even those words ring hollow in my ears when right now, I just miss my Dad.

So I do find myself just living for today.  I wake up and go back to life.  I put one foot in front of the other and move forward.  I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know what my future holds for all eternity.

I know that I am not alone.  I know that if I don’t know what prayers to pray right now, Jesus is speaking to the Father on my behalf.

I know that part of the difficulty I have in losing my earthly father is that he was a representation of my Heavenly Father.  He was a good man and a great Dad.  He was proud of me and loved me unconditionally.  He showed me what kind of man I want to be.

So here are my words to you: Live for today.

  • If there is love that needs to be shared, share it today.
  • If there is forgiveness that needs to be given, give it today.
  • If there is reconciliation that needs to occur, make it happen today.
  • Live your life today so that tomorrow you will have no regrets.
  • Be thankful for your relationship with the One that saved your soul.

Although I miss my Dad, I can honestly say I have no regrets.  Everything that needed to be said was said.  Love and respect were the cornerstone of our relationship.  He loved the Lord and had a relationship with Him so I know that I will see him again.

I hope that you are able to say the same thing for the important relationships in your life.

If not, do something about it today.

Here is a video of the song “Nothing Compares” by Third Day: