Tuesday, December 6, 2011
YOU HAVE A GIFT ... UNTIE THE RIBBONS
Seize the moment! Oral Roberts once said, “Miracles are coming by you or to you every day.” Today was once the future from which you expected so much in the past. Horatio Dresser said, “The ideal never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so.” Live for today. Don’t let what you have within your grasped today be missed entirely because only the future intrigued you, and the past disheartened you.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. When can you live if not now? All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. Seneca said, “Begin at once to live.” Ellen Metcalf remarked, “There are many people who are at the right place at the right time but don’t know it.” It is okay to take time to plan, but when the time of action has arrived, stop thinking and go for it!
The bible says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Marie Edgeworth said, “There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh on him can have no hope from them afterwards; for they will be dissipated, lost, and perished in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.
John Burroughs said, “The lesson which life repeats and constantly reinforces is, ‘Look under foot.’ You are always nearer than you think ... The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour.” The most important thing in our lives is what we are doing now.
Know the real value of today. I agree with Jonathan Swift when he said, “May you live all the days of your life.” The future that you long and dream for begins today. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”
The regrets that most people experience in life come from failing to act when they have an opportunity. Albert Dunning said, “Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know that they have met them. The only preparation to take advantage of them is ... to watch what each day brings.” Heed 2 Corinthians 6:2: “Now is the accepted time.” I agree with Martial when he said, “Tomorrow life is too late; live today.” Wayne Dyer observed, “Now is all we have. Everything that has ever happened, anything that is ever going to happen to you, is just a thought.” Today, well lived, will prepare you for both the opportunities and obstacles of tomorrow.
Few know when to rise to the occasion. Most only know when to sit down. Many spend too much time dreaming of the future, never realizing that a little of it arrives every day. I agree with Ruth Schabacker when he said, “Every day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” – John L. M.