You should know better than to say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to the city. We will do business there for a year and make a lot of money!” What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little while before it disappears. You should say, “If the Lord lets us live, we will do these things.” Yet you are stupid enough to brag, and it is wrong to be so proud. If you don’t do what you know is right, you have sinned. James 4:13-17
I don’t know what Yellow Fever is, but it sounds bad and I’m pretty sure I don’t want it. Malaria, too. So today I opened up a new MS Word folder and named it, “Uganda.” This is the day I start making preparations for my trip there next month.
If you’ve been following my life here on the blog, you know that I’m headed to Uganda in July to lead a women’s conference (er, if the Lord lets me live, I will do this thing😉 If not, you can read the very cool story about how that happened here. It involves a Queen and a princess, a canceled flight, a stolen iPhone, and a sovereign God.
Anyway, the invitation to go to Uganda came on the first of April. Throughout April and May, I worked to wrap up all outstanding writing assignments. I’ve also been giving lots of attention to getting the blog going, and devouring books like that kid, Brick, on The Middle (*whispers* “devouring”). My writing assignments have led me to do in-depth study on the Holy Spirit, the Sermon on the Mount, and 4 prophets with super-groovy names – Nahum, Habakkuk, Obadiah, and Haggai. My personal reading has included David Platt’s books Radical and Radical Together, and Jon Acuff’s Quitter. Man, oh man! I think my head exploded. Twice. My plan was to get things done so that I could take the month of June to really prepare for the conference. To me, the assignments were an end to a means. To God, they were a means to an end. Picking up the books was a curiosity. Turning the pages has been revelation.
What I’m trying to say is that God isn’t wasteful. We set up certain events as the thing, so we want to hurry up and get through the other stuff that seems to stand in the way – high school, college, a project at work, the days between now and whatever it is we’re looking forward to. But there is no “thing” greater than the thing that is now. There is no day, circumstance, or season that God intends for us to just get through. God makes much of today. If He didn’t, Jesus would have already returned.
The goal, then, is to look at today with new eyes. Instead of just trying to make it through til 5:00, participate with God in all the minutes between now and 4:59. Instead of killing time until your friends wake up and are ready to go, let Him make use of it. Instead of living for Friday, that well-planned vacay, graduation, retirement, or even that big important work or life event up ahead, look for the life God has for you today. And when you do, you will begin to find the means to every end are just as valuable a treasure.
As for me, I’m going to start preparing for Uganda, because that’s the work He has set before me to do. But whether or not I ever set foot in Uganda’s Tooro Kingdom next month doesn’t make one bit of difference. God won’t waste my today.
What do you know about tomorrow? What does God want you to know about today?