January 3rd – No Time Like Now

Have you noticed how we all try to live in dream land? I mean at New Year we all speak of ‘making resolutions’ or dream of future days when we will have paid off our mortgage or got our degrees, or our dream partner, or we can get away on holiday. All living in a dream world of the unknown FUTURE. “Just around the corner, a better life is waiting”.
On the other hand, if you are not taken in by this you may be trapped in the past: ‘Ah, those were the days, when we were younger and fitter, or happier, or whatever -now all gone to the land of good old days’.
In truth, the only thing we actually have is the present: Now is the only time we have in which to resolve, to act, to be. It is today that we must do what we genuinely intend to do – to read that book we mean to read one day, write that letter apologising, tell someone we love them, make time to listen, to do what matters for those who matter. Tomorrow may be too late, our time may be up. The present is all we’ve got, in which to do what we know we should. Psalm 95 which contains these words:
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert …Psalm 95: 7-8
‘Meribah’ stands for confronting arrogantly, and ‘Massah’ stands for the severe testing of trying to lead ungovernable people.
A prayer
Lord, I always have time to do what I truly want to do. Grant that this day I do not harden my heart in the rebellion which tries to live in the past, or dream in the future, but do now what I know you have directed.
Now read Psalm 95 – and pray it!

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