Today I’ll offer some good thoughts from a couple of well-known Independent Baptist preachers who’ve gone on to be with the Lord. The first one comes from Dr. Tom Malone. After quoting Deuteronomy 33:25, which reads: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be”, Dr. Malone said, “I’m glad He didn’t say, ‘As thy strength, so shall thy days be.'”
The second one comes from Dr. Curtis Hutson. He wrote:
Most people live either in the past or in the future. They talk about how it used to be or how it’s going to be someday. In so doing, they miss life altogether. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” In other words, don’t borrow from tomorrow. Someone suggested that worrying is using today’s strength on tomorrow’s problems.
You’ve heard this little adage: “Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.” A friend once asked, “Do you know how to eat an elephant?” “No,” I replied. “One bite at a time,” he smiled and said. Years ago I saw a church sign which read, “Yard by yard is mighty hard, but inch by inch in a cinch.”
You might be different but I don’t spend much time looking back longingly on the past. That’s just not where I typically fail in this area. I do, however, spend an inordinate amount of time looking ahead to how it’s going to be someday. I have to confess that I’ve been trying to get “there” for a good many years now. I don’t even know where “there” is, let alone when I might arrive. And what makes me think that everything will be wonderful “there” anyway? As far as this earthly life goes, is there any place that doesn’t offer some sort of struggle and travail? Not really. So the best we can do is have a good attitude about today and where we are at this very second. Looking back to where we once were or looking ahead to where we plan to end up just isn’t the way the Lord wants us to live.