This excerpt originally appeared January 27, 2015 on jamesmacdonald.com
Today is not a rehearsal for anything. Today is your life.
It’s who you are and who you’re following and what matters most and where you’re headed…today.
The person you will be is the person you are becoming today.
So don’t waste it.
The challenge you face today is your chance to conquer as Jesus did.
So don’t miss it.
The fear you feel today is your chance to be strong in the Lord.
So grab it!
The tempest all around is driving you out of the storm and onto your knees.
Don’t fight it.
Today matters more than you know. You don’t even know if you’ll have tomorrow.
So stop the excuses. No more delays.
It’s not about others. It’s about you. Today.
Today is the day to love the people closest to you and forgive the people furthest from you.
Today is the day to embrace the humanity all around—as Jesus would, if He were in your shoes. Because He is, in your shoes.
He asks you to put yesterday behind, because it can’t change today.
He asks you to forget about tomorrow, because it only cares for itself, not today.
Today is all that matters—this is your life, your chance to live like Jesus.
It’s happening right now. Today.
James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to five amazing grandsons. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel (HarvestBibleChapel.org) which now has more than 13,000 people meeting at seven locations across Chicagoland each weekend. To learn more, follow him on Twitter @JamesMacDonald