GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

My family purchased some property last year and hopefully we will soon finish the process of rebuilding the house. We get asked a lot about our move-in date. We jokingly say that we have always wanted to move in before the holidays. At first we were hoping to move in by the Fourth of July, then Labor Day, but now the goal is Thanksgiving. We have learned a lot about patience and prayer over the past year and I’m sure we have a lot more to learn.

My wife and I decided to call our place, “Morning Grace Farm” because of a Bible verse that has meant a lot to both of us over the years. Psalm 90:14 says, “O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness (grace), that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” We’re both morning people and spend most mornings praying together for our friends and family and for all the opportunities the Lord brings before us throughout the day. Psalm 90:14 is a great verse because it reminds us that every morning God’s lovingkindness (grace) is available and when I choose to live in it, there’s a greater sense of satisfaction and joy in my life.
Just this week, I shared that verse with a young man who has been working on our house. We talked about God’s grace is new and available every morning if we choose to receive it. I encouraged him to see each day as a gift. We can’t allow the past failures and troubles of yesterday to rob us of today. Neither should we focus on tomorrow so much that we miss today’s opportunities and blessings. Yesterday ended last night. Tomorrow may never come. Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24

This weekend “Time Changes.” Don’t let that fool you. There’s really no such thing as gaining an extra hour. The truth is that everyday God gives each of us 24 hours, thats 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds. We only choose how we will live them. There’s a great poem written by Dale Witherington titled, “The Life Builders Creed.” I may have shared it with you before and I may share it again in the future, but I hope you will enjoy it today!
Today is the most important day of my life
Yesterday is with its successes and victories, struggles and failures is gone forever. The past is past.

Done.

Finished.

I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it.
But I will learn from it and improve my Today.
Today. This moment. Now.
It is God’s gift to me and it is all that I have.
Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and troubles isn’t here yet. Indeed, tomorrow may never come.
Therefore, I will not worry about tomorrow.
Today is what God has entrusted to me. It is all that I have. I will do my best in it.

I will demonstrate the best of me in it-
My character, giftedness and abilities
To may family and friends, clients and associates.
I will identify those things that are most important to do Today, And those things I will do until they are done.
And when this day is done
I will look back with satisfaction at that which I have accomplished. Then, and only then, will I plan my tomorrow,
Looking to improve upon today, with God’s help
Then I shall go to sleep in peace… content.


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