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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


October 16, 2006

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"Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

Someone has said, "Today was tomorrow yesterday." Indeed it was. And it is just as true too that today will be yesterday tomorrow. Yesterday is past; we cannot change that. Tomorrow is not yet here. We cannot yet live in that. Today is all we have as the day to live in.

Many of us are behind in today's tasks because we are catching up with what we should have done yesterday. Some of us are hampered from doing our best today because we are worried about what might happen tomorrow. Others of us are frustrated because we are not meeting the responsibilities that lie before us today. Procrastination is the word for it. Most of us are inclined to do what we like to do and postpone what we don't like. Today can easily slip by without our having brought to it our very best.

It is a part of the Christian life that we do with vigor the task set before us. Paul told the Colossians: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24). Serve the Lord heartily, that is, with all your heart -- today! It is this moment, this hour that God gave us to serve Him. It is all we have.

PRAYER: Help us to do well the tasks that lie before us today, O Lord. Keep us from worrying about yesterday or tomorrow; we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Zephaniah 1-3    Acts 24

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