Paul told us to forget the past. (Philippians 3:14) Forget all the good things we did and all the sin and failure. Why? because if we keep looking back we will waste today.
Jesus also told us not to worry about tomorrow…
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34
Basically, you can’t change tomorrow’s troubles by worrying about them so don’t waste today doing so.
You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
– James 4:14
Life is short. We need to live in the moment, carpe diem. Not the way people live without God in mind, grabbing as much hedonistic pleasure as we can or building our own legacy so we feel significant. No. Grab today because God only made one.
The value of something is often determined by how rare it is. I have a Vecchio statue that is a small version (28″ long) of the famous life size statue called “Equestrian” that is a tourist attraction in Venice Italy. I won’t bore you with the details of how I came to own it but let’s think of why it’s valuable. Yes, it is a beautiful piece of art but in general small statues (even those made by famous dead artists) aren’t worth the thousands of dollars that larger statues are, but this one is. Why? It’s rare.
Only six were believed to have been made and it was made by a method called the “Lost Bronze-Wax Method” which is an ancient art-form used to make bronze statues during that era. (Some artist resurrect that art form today.) A rare antiquity, made by a master craftsman, in a rare way.
What makes that statue valuable also makes today valuable. Today is a beautiful masterpiece created by the universe’s greatest artist and He only made one.
Here’s the part most people miss. God made today to count for eternity. Great artists make creations that people want to enjoy thousands of years later. God wants us to enjoy the fruit of today, the beautiful art work we can create with Him, for eternity.
If we will live today to create eternity in our heart then share that beauty with someone else, God will come along side us to create something amazing. Like Mozart reaching around a child’s hands as they plunk out ‘chop sticks’ for the first time, playing a brillant symphony, God will make today an eternal masterpiece through your hands.