(Fourth of short series.)
Remember those times when we would usually fret and worry whether we did the right thing or not, whether we made a good impression or ugh!, whether we achieved success or bungled it all up --- all were such a waste of time.. I now realize. Oh yes, we knew those things long before ..but.. one truly never stops learning - new lessons or old ones. Life has a way of making us do the tests again and again. Even if we think we've learned it well the first time. Life, the good teacher that she is, knows better and will have us on repeat, redo, rework (ouch!) until she's satisfied that we got it. Only then will we get that passing mark.
The many things which transpire in a person's day are all there for that day alone. Believe it or not. That is those which directly concern YOU (what concerns others is their own) -- your thoughts, attitudes, feelings, and behavior towards your day. Everything which you had done rose from this mental emotional physical and spiritual setup that you brought into your day. You give to your day what you are equipped with; you cannot give what you don't have.
I think that we should try to understand this better.... that God gives to us only what is sufficient for the day -- the challenges, the issues, hurdles, tests, trials, strength -- and what other things we may need to cope with our day. Everything is sufficient for the day. God has so planned it that way.
It's quite simple but we seem to be missing His point. Live life one day at a time. Today should be lived with everything that we've got (talent, skill, wealth, knowledge, ambition etc), with all that we are (carpenter, writer, minister, actor, driver, clerk, doctor, president, lawyer, wife, son, lolo and lola, etc), and with the purpose of giving glory to God. You've heard this before... 'life is God's gift to us; what we do with it is our gift to God'.
With this in focus, we will have no need for regret, the what if, I should not have, why did I do that, oh no I messed up, or I'm sorry for being such a big fool! Shove that old nonsense away. When you have done your very best... that should be good enough. By the way, your very best.. is God's best too.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let's have this instead... 'today is done; did all I could with it. let's see what tomorrow will bring.' It's a new day!Thank God!