Make the Most of Today

You never know what tomorrow may bring, so make the most of today.

That may seem like a tired old saying but it honestly is so true. It’s one of those things that’s so true you almost don’t want to hear it. I’ve been thinking about this the past couple of days as I’ve been trying to get over the recent break up with my fiancé and move on with my life.

Did I really make the most of each day I had with her? Or was I too busy worrying about tomorrow, planning for our future, to really enjoy her and our time together? Had I known that Tuesday night would’ve been our last night together would I have yelled and cussed at her in my fear and anger at her threat to leave? Or would I have just held her and reassured her everything would be okay?

Had I known that her family’s disapproval of our relationship would’ve been the hammer that drove the wedge between us would I have been so indifferent towards them? Or would I have tried harder to win them over and reassure them of my love and intentions for their daughter and sister? I don’t know the answers to these questions and I can’t do anything about them now.

That’s how life is. It’s full of questions like this about yesterday and tomorrow causing us to miss the beauty that today holds. Everything can change faster than our eyes can blink or our hearts can beat. You never know what changes the next heart beat might bring. So you should cherish each moment each breath brings.

The car you drive today may not be the car you drive tomorrow. The bed you sleep in tonight may not be the bed you sleep in tomorrow night. The job which pays your bills this week may not be the job which pays your bills next week. The hand you hold today may not be there for you to hold tomorrow. The love you share with that special someone this week could be torn apart and lost by this time next week.

And beware of the little foxes that sneak into your vineyards to destroy your vines. There were plenty of warning signs with my fiancé and her family that I either should’ve cut my ties before I got hurt or been more vigilant in my love for her. But I ignored them because I was too naive to recognize them as a serious threat and too focused on other things to chase the little foxes out of my vineyard.

Don’t ignore the little foxes and don’t underestimate them. They eat a little here and a little there until eventually the whole vineyard is in shambles and beyond repair. At that point all you can do is pull the vines and start all over preparing for the next harvest season. But what could’ve been for this season is already lost.

We do serve a great God with great plans and He is soveriegn. But He doesn’t do everything for us. He invites us to do our part in sharing in the responsibility of having beautiful and productive vineyards. When we don’t He can definitely come in and clean up our mess and help us begin to prepare a more beautiful and more productive vineyard for the next season. But sometimes the damage caused by our negligence of today is already set in stone for tomorrow.

So don’t be negligent of making the most of today. Tend to the vineyards God has placed in your life with due diligence and learn to enjoy the process. Enjoy the journey without worrying about the destination and the destination will take care of itself.

Joseph Sterling

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