Today and Tomorrow

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.…Instead you ought to say, If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that. James 4:14a,15b (NIV)

A tornado hit Reigelwood, North Carolina, at 6:30 in the morning. The pictures on TV showed the devastation of the community: SUVs flipped over like matchbox cars, homes reduced to unrecognizable piles of rubble, trees snapped like match sticks, power lines tangled on the ground, eight people killed and twenty hospitalized. Three young children were in critical condition. School buses turned around to take children home, only to find they had no home.

As I viewed the tragedy and listened to the comments of survivors, It reminded me of the brevity of life and the fact that we only have today to accomplish whatever God wants us to do. I asked myself, "What would I do if I knew today was my last on earth?" I bowed my head and asked Him to show me what He wants me to do for Him today. My list is long. I will surely have enough to do today and tomorrow…if He grants me tomorrow.

Thought for today: Today is God's gift to us; what we do today is our gift to God.


Father in Heaven, teach us your ways. Please help us to fill this day with gifts of love and service for you that will bring glory to your name. Amen.

By Ann (North Carolina)