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June 6th, 2012

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV

Today holds the remedy for your checkered history and the point of entry into your destiny.

My thoughts and comments today are about “today.”

Life can seem unmanageable, often more than you think you can handle. Your past can be cluttered with too much unfinished business, the path ahead filled with too many responsibilities. Life is about today, who you are and what you do today. Your life is not altogether about the facts of your history or the potential of your destiny, yet both of those are greatly affected – positively or negatively – by anything, and maybe everything, you do today. You can reinforce your history or rewrite its predictions. You can sell your future cheaply or invest in achieving its potential.

Today is your opportunity to write a new chapter in the ongoing story of your life. Sure there were mistakes you’ve made, things you would have done better if you had been wiser. Well, today is a great time to fix that. Do better; don’t repeat your mistakes; learn from them. The Psalmist David knew about destiny and history. No one was promised a greater future; few have had a more irregular history. To David’s credit, he would not let the story of his life conclude with his failures. Read Psalm 32/51. His story is a record of repentance and redemption.

Through repentance and redemption, your history can become His story. Listen and learn from David’s counsel: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NIV. Today can be your fresh start. Stop reliving your record, rehearsing your mistakes, regretting your failures. Today is all you have been given right now. It is not about what you did in the past or how well you intend to do in the days ahead; it is just about this one day! God has a sterling record of redeeming people’s sad histories, and is equally adept at engineering magnificent destinies. “This is the day the Lord has made!”

Like David, the Apostle Paul had some history he would like to have forgotten as well. Read Acts 9:1-6 NKJV. On that road to Damascus, Paul met God face to face and everything changed. I have found that most people cannot turn their life around without divine intervention. Either arrogance or ignorance, or both, would make a person want to attempt such a life change without God. Paul found the answer to successful conformation to the likeness of the Savior, “I am still not all that I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to Heaven.” Philippians 3:13-14 NLT.

Notice that Paul mentioned “one thing,” and then proceeded to talk about “forgetting, looking forward, and straining to reach.” The one thing Paul thought crucial was expressed in three equally necessary actions: laying aside everything inhibiting about yesterday, living today with faithfulness and anticipation, and filling tomorrows with Godly effort to fulfill God’s calling. Today holds the remedy for your checkered history and the point of entry into your destiny.

My prayer for you today is to live this day rejoicing and each that follows with gladness.

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