Start Embracing the Value of Today

How much time and energy do we spend thinking, planning, projecting, worrying about what is to come in the future? If you’re like me, my thoughts are often found down a path I haven’t yet stepped my feet upon. Conversely, how much time do we spend each day thinking about something that has already happened and how we would have done it differently? We can get tripped up looking backwards to the good ole days or beating ourselves up with regrets and slip ups of the past. If we’re honest, we will likely realize that much of our brain-space and energy is spent in some time other than today.

Both the past and the future do have their importance, however, giving in to the propensity to time travel in our thoughts and emotions can leave us missing the one day that we have right now–today! The present is our place of power. It’s where our decisions are made. What we do with today determines the moments that make up the story of our lives. Regardless of yesterday and preemptive to tomorrow, your today counts! Not only for you, but for those who will come after you.

These are your current marching orders: embrace the grace for today. Recognize the opportunities that you hold right now, in this very moment to set the trajectory for what’s to come. Take a deep breath and let it out. The pressure is off. The grace for yesterday has gone and tomorrow’s portion will be waiting, but right now, the grace for today is yours. This moment is yours. His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness is true every night. My prayer for you is that you keep time in perspective, that you value the space that holds you now, and that you embrace the power and the grace—His divine enablement—that is with you and for you TODAY.

Katie Stansfield is the co-host of the new podcast, Life Exchange as well as staff pastor and administrator at Giving Light in Elizabethville, PA.

With a practical, down-to-earth style, Katie believes in tearing down personal and societal barriers so that we can model and lead successful and healthy lives, ministries, and cultures.

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Episode 24: The Value of Today

We can spend a lot of time and thought and energy focused on the future and what’s to come down the road for us. We can also get tripped up looking backwards to the good ole days, or beating ourselves up with regrets and slip ups of the past. Both the past and the future do have their importance and in fact we’ll touch on that here today. But this episode is especially focused on the space in between them: the value of today. The present is what we have right now and the way that we think about it can determine what we do with it and the current moments that make up the story of our lives.

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