The Gift of Today

What a gift today is!

Today was not guaranteed to happen. Yet, here I am with air to breathe, food to eat, and clean water to drink. I have clothes to wear, and, if I choose to put them on, I have a dozen or so different colors and styles of shoes that I can even match to what I’m wearing!

I take all this (and so much more) for granted each and every day. Rarely do I wake up and just thank God for today. I do sometimes remember to thank Him for my family, but most often I am asking for something~help, healing, or stuff for myself or someone else.

Luke 17:11-19 tells us the story of the Ten Lepers who are healed by Jesus. All ten are healed, but only one gratefully returns to Jesus. Too often, I am like the nine who accepted their gift from God and continued on their way, rejoicing and celebrating, but not grateful enough to even say “thank you”! Forgive me, Lord!

I want to be the one who shouts His praise, falls at His feet, and thanks Him for what He has done!

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done…. (Luke 17:15-16)

God has given me life, and He has given me family and friends to do life with. He has blessed us with the things we need, and He has abundantly blessed with things we enjoy. Today is a gift, and I want to be grateful. 

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So, Today, I will…

Be Still~

I will take time to remember God, focus on His character, and praise Him for Who He is. I will intentionally put God first in my day, and let Him direct my priorities, my time, and my life. I will quiet the noise of my life long enough to hear from God. And then, I will face the rest of my day with joy, peace, and determination to live as a reflection of Jesus–and when I fail, I will rejoice in God’s grace, ready to try again!

Be Thankful~

I will focus on the blessings God has given me, rather than the problems and busyness of my day. I will purposefully and intentionally be grateful and I will try and show that gratitude  through acts of love, generosity, and kindness. I will remember how abundantly I am blessed. I will remember the things God has given me. And I will be thankful!

Be Intentional~

I will be intentional with my time. All too often, in the busyness of day-to-day life, I go from one flurry of activity to another, never stopping and asking God His plan for the day, His goal for me. And His plan is always better than mine. Today, I will not miss the important moments. I will not focus on the minor and miss the eternal. I will ask God to reveal what matters, and I will be intentional to do those things.

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Today is a gift. Tomorrow, if it comes, will be a gift too. But, we are called to enjoy the moments right now. God has a plan and He will reveal it in His perfect timing. We have so much to be grateful for!  What has He done for You?


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This post was inspired from a past post: Today’s Gift

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4 thoughts on “The Gift of Today

  1. I am so glad I found you over at Equipping Godly Women link up. Your words are encouraging. I just subscribed for future posts. I look forward to connecting.

  2. God is so good! Thank you for the reminder to be thankful and be still to see God’s goodness! Glad I stopped by to read this encouraging post from the Equipping Godly Women link up.

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