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October 1, 2016

Today Is A Gift

Busy, busy, busy… go, go, go… must eat, must study, must sleep… Ahhh, the familiar anthem plays! College students buzz to and fro from the dorms, to the classroom, to the library, to the dining hall, and back to the dorms. Each day, the average student has one main goal–get a degree. With this goal in mind, it is natural to constantly base today’s decisions on tomorrow’s plans… to constantly live in next week, next month, next semester, or next year. Unfortunately, this mindset overlooks one vastly important matter, the matter of today.

Today is a gift from God. Without guarantee of even our next breath, every moment should be lived with a focus of glorifying God immediately…in the present. Now, I’m not saying to drop all your responsibilities, forget about your future, and live for yourself; that would not be glorifying to the Lord either. What I am saying is that we need to take a step back and refocus our eyes on today. We need to appreciate the day for its individual beauty and gifts. We need to appreciate those around us because even if you are blessed with long life, your friend may be living their last moments. Life is precious; don’t waste it.

Through your busy schedule, take every opportunity to show love. Isaac Baugh, a current Biblical Studies and Philosophy major at Geneva College, once said, “God gave you His love freely, so don’t hoard it; give it freely to others.” In the past, I have been approached a number of times to assist at a Bible club, youth group, or some other Christian organization. Due to my hectic schedule, I usually decline. Instead of giving God’s love freely today, I am constantly peering ahead to the future. After all, I wouldn’t want to run out of time to study, lower my GPA, lose my scholarship, not graduate, right? Wrong! Luke 6:38 states, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” If you feel like God is telling you to take action, do it. Do not make excuses; do not wait. The Lord knows your future better than you know yourself. Just give, and see the Lord work.

God’s work is bountiful and beautiful.  All around, creation shows witness to His glory. Whether looking through a window in class, studying on the lawn, jogging around the block, or just spending time outdoors, praise God for His miraculous creation and marvelous blessings. In His unending mercy, He upholds the universe. It is not uncommon to miss the beauty of today as you look toward the deadlines of tomorrow. Thank the Lord for each and every day, rain or shine. 

Earlier, I said that life is precious. Looking through the obituary is a continual reminder of life’s passing nature. As you go about your crazy schedule, remember to spend quality time with friends. Through exams, papers, sports, work, and class, it is easy to put relationships on the backburner. However, we are made with a need for relationships. Life is fleeting, so enjoy every moment you have with the people you love. Build them up and show them you care like there is no tomorrow. Who knows? Maybe it will be the last conversation you have with that particular person ever. As you go through college, grab hold of every opportunity to invest in others. Live today in love so that you don’t regret tomorrow.

Last of all, go through life with a smile. You never know who is falling in love with it. A smile can brighten someone’s day and bring joy to your heart. Smile because today is unique. Today is a gift. 

Now, with a bright smile, go forward, investing in the work of the Lord, praising God for His continual providence, and building relationships that could last a lifetime. Today is special. Grab hold of it before it slips away forever.

-Olivia Forton ‘19