TODAY: SEPTEMBER 28, 2023
Today’s Devotion Was Written by Zach Osmundson
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Time is something that is so elusive, never enough of it when we want it most, and it never seems to end when we want things to finish up. I don’t think I hear that more than when summer is coming to a close. Kids are saying how it feels like summer just started, and almost every parent says with a tired smile that they’re ready for school to start again. It’s all about perspective, I guess.
In my weekly youth discussion group called Lighthouse, we have been talking about what it means to build strong lasting relationships and why they are so hard to maintain. And that’s because it’s difficult to live in the present with the amount of time we have, it never seems like quite enough. We work hard to give 100% to everything that crosses our path during the day but I, for one, am often sidetracked by another thought that I think is more pressing or more important. We spent an entire evening in Lighthouse talking about why it’s important to be like Jesus and be present with those around us, and then once the hour was over, we go back to living on social media, the internet, our work calendars … everywhere that’s not “here and now.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not telling you that we should tell our colleagues or teachers, “Sorry, this month I’m giving up my calendar and just going with the flow.” But what I am asking is that when the calendar is done for the day, you give your undivided attention to the people around you and grow deeper with them. Because before we know it people will have moved away or moved on, and what we wouldn’t give for one more day with them. Well, we’ve got today, and what a gift it is.
Make sure to find time each day to live when and where you are. It’s not easy to do, believe me. But that’s where you find God as well. God is greater than time or space, but if we want to form a relationship with him it takes intentionality, a little sacrifice, and it takes presence. Don’t be afraid to ask God to make himself known to you, just make sure to keep an eye out because he shows up in mysterious and wonderous ways. So today, live for today’s sake and experience all and who it has to offer. Tomorrow will come soon enough.