Should you focus on today or tomorrow? This is a question that strikes one at least once in a while depending on the circumstances surrounding me. When you do something today, most probably you do it in preparation for tomorrow. This means that you’re focusing on tomorrow instead of today. When you eat food, it’s because you’re hungry (today) and want to keep alive tomorrow so that you don’t starve to death.
The Bible tells us in Mathew 6: 25-35 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The above asks us to live in the moment, the hour, the minute, the second and enjoy it. We are asked to live today as it is and not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has its own worries. Sincerely speaking, how many of us have done something without the intention of making it better tomorrow? It’s such a hard paper to be asked to think, live, enjoy everything about today and leave tomorrow to its own worries.
Every action, every word, saving, relationship, generally everything we do, we do it counting on tomorrow. I will start working out tomorrow. I will do better tomorrow, I will treat my spouse better tomorrow (Valentine’s day for this case) little do we know that tomorrow is not guaranteed.
When we focus on tomorrow, we are gambling our lives, relationships, targets on the un-assured jackpot that if it happens and we don’t live tomorrow, as it is not guaranteed, we will have made big losses and hurt many that believed in our promises of delivering the results tomorrow. That’s when we wish our actions could be reversed.
“What if today was your last day and tomorrow was too late, could you say goodbye to yesterday? Would you live each moment like your last? Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?”
‘If today was your last day’ by Rock Star Nickleback asks us, what would you do if today was your last day. This song ignites the food for thought moment. If truly today was your last day, what would you do? I presume for many, we would love to spend the last day the best way possible. Spend your last day with the people we love most, say a special prayer, go to church, ask for pastor’s anointing, ask the people you have wronged to forgive you, name it.
Well, the threat of not having a tomorrow forces us to see the value and urgency of today. Proverbs 27:1 states, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” We cannot bank on the future. Today is your best friend. You must learn to live each day to the fullest; living as though there is no tomorrow.
When you have a bad argument or do something bad to the person you love, don’t let it pass unnoticed. Just imagine living the next day without them, assuming something bad happens to them, God forbid. This teaches us to value life and every moment we live; don’t count on the life you have not yet lived because you never know what may come. As the saying goes, ‘We’ll cross the bridge when we get there.” Let’s not assume that there’s a tomorrow or a second chance to do the best. Do what you have to do today, if you love someone, go tell them today, least you’ll not get the chance to say that to them, you’ll only be left saying, I wish I had done this and that.
It’s weird to live thinking that someone will die soon but this is not about death, it’s about valuing life, every single time or second you live. There’s no such a fulfilling life like living today when you know you have done your best that day even if tomorrow doesn’t come. Other will say they can focus on both today and tomorrow at the same time but that’s too much work even for the most hardworking man alive.
So let’s give it a chance, try live today as if there was no tomorrow because the truth of the matter is, tomorrow is not guaranteed.