Posted by: mikenicholsblog | November 19, 2009

today

It’s the largest context of the only thing we know we are guaranteed.  To reduce it to it’s most fundamental element, it’s our current breath.  But raising it back to the broader context, “today” is what i am meditating on right now.  A friend recently shared the chorus of a song with me.  Although I confess to never having heard of the artist, I found inspiration in the chorus he shared …

Time asks no questions,
it moves on in spite of me.
It’s not about my style of life,
my own prosperity.
it’s time we opened up our eyes,
to find there’s so much more.
and all I’m asking,
is what you’re living for … today.

(“Today” from Jadon Lavik’s  Moving on Faith)

I find multiple elements of deep spiritual meaning and personal challenge in the words of that chorus.  Let’s focus on a few of the lines.

“It’s not about my style of life, my own prosperity.” – Moving beyond the typical critique on material possessions, I asked myself, “What are my treasures, and where do I find them?  And what am I doing with the resources God has blessed me with?”

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth …
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven …
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“It’s time we opened up our eyes,” – A direct challenge to always be aware of need.  Need that is within earshot, or passes in my periphery, or walks right up to my front door.  Focus on the “more” that God has put you in the midst of.  Don’t do anything more than pause in front of the mirror.  Move beyond self, and find the “more”.

Matthew 25:40 (MSG)
Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth:
Whenever you did one of these things to someone
overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

“what you’re living for” – This is the paramount question when faith moves to action.  It’s purpose that translates to substance.  The “what”, and “who” He has created me to be.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve

So often in all of our lives, it’s the forward trajectory those questions and challenges take, that becomes our focus.  They manifest themselves in plans, goals, and paths.  Nearly exclusively in the realm of the medium to long-term.  But what about today?  What do any of those look like in the right now?  What am i busy being with the only currency of time that I possess?

I love the words of that chorus, and it’s reminder to spend my time and talent in the here and now.  On things that have eternal value, in submitted step to His will for my life.  I am thrilled for the treasured events in my near-term future.  And even more so, for the new creation that He has for me in the only-he-knows-how-distant future.  But the only thing I truly have is this breath, and in it’s largest context … today.

my prayer …
Father, give me today my daily bread.  And may
I not wait in being and doing what You want from
me.  Seeing need around me, storing up kingdom
riches.  Not waiting for a clearer, or grander
purpose.  Not waiting for a maturity that can
only come from being and doing in the series
of now’s you have gifted me.  Amen!



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