No matter how long we live, life on this earth is brief. And if we are not careful, there are multiple ways to get stuck in the brevity. It freezes us, sinking us into an overwhelmed apathy. It can also frighten us, so that we are constantly looking for the day it all ends.
One of the advantages to a brief, 2-minute ride on this planet is that it invites us to appreciate today. We cannot control or predict tomorrow. We cannot change the past. What we can do is focus on the here and now. We can make choices today that celebrate life and make the most of our journey.
The time is short but the opportunities are immense. The chance to know God by faith. The invitation to serve and care for one another. The calling to reflect Christ and His Kingdom.
Circumstances and emotions are so fickle, they change so rapidly. And they are impossible to control, perfectly predict, or fully avoid.
What we can control is our choices in this moment, on this day. We can decide to adopt a perspective of gratitude. We can choose joy and hope and forgiveness. We can love one another and listen for God’s voice. Tomorrow is a myriad of choices we cannot get to yet. Today is a myriad of choices ready to be made.