Begin at the End

The midnight hour seeps in today’s beginning, while the rising sun jesters the escape of today’s time from our grasp. The life of today may seem forced onto you. For today is … ready or not!

Have you ever wished to keep a day from ending?
Have you ever wished to skip a day?

We often find ourselves challenged to complete a today’s tasks or be ready to easily flex with the sudden changes a today brings. But, do you ever ask:

What is the purpose of ‘today’?

Reel in the fantasies of tomorrow, seal up the persistence of yesterday,
and honor the gift of today!

Do you view your ‘today’: as a gift or a block-chain of ‘to dos’ and happenstance?

Today, as a gift, brings the focal point to the physical and spiritual realities. Today, as a block chain of ‘to dos’ and happenstance, keeps the focal point on the physical, the temporal, while minimizing the spiritual.

The gift of ‘today’ is ordained, not a lotto. This life has a privileged limit. Our days on earth are bound by a number (Job 14:5; Psalm 90:12). Yet, a choice is evident in how we dwell in our ‘today’: blessing or cursing, our soul living or dying, our mindfulness of the promises of God or a mindless callous toward them.

Today is not care free, for vast is the sum of our cares.
Today is not promise free, for vast is God’s care for our day.

  1. There is a strength reserved for each day. (Deuteronomy 33:25)
  2. There is a mercy reserved for each day. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
  3. There is a rest and peace in promised provisions despite evil’s presence. (Matthew 6:34; Psalm 34:18-22)

God measures life by the day. By following His lead, we can gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).  Wisdom requires an application of experience. A ‘today’ is an experience. Embrace the attributes of wisdom in your today. One way to do so, is to begin at the end. Make a habit to review your today at the end. Then, you will be prepared you receive the ‘today’ as a gift to your soul.

The end of a today is a time to discern the:
1. status of the self (Matthew 23:25-26; 28),
2. quality of words and inspirations (Genesis 6:5, 8-9; Proverbs 18).

A today’s beginning matters. A today’s middle matters. A today’s end matters.

Our days are to be measured (Psalm 39:4). Whether in the solace of communions cry in ‘How long?’ or the repose of troubles subdued, every day is a gift (Psalm 4; Psalm 34:6; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Your worth is not determined by your number of ‘todays’ on earth. God has made you more than the sum of your earthly ‘todays,’ for He has put eternity within your heart. However, God expects you to desire “to do good” as long as you have a today (Ecclesiastes 3:11-12).

Peace comes to the soul who at today ends with “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

Purpose is to remind your soul to “tell of His salvation from day to day” and to others “now is the day of salvation” (Psalm 96; 2 Corinthians 6:2).

written by Michelle Kelso Kafer

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